Former IAS officer Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi has been appointed as the chairman of National Council for Vocational Education and Training(NCVET). In June 2020, Kalsi was appointed as the first chairperson of Punjab’s police complaints authority.
He served for 38 years in public service (1984-2019) including 7 years in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, one year in NTPC and 2 Yrs 4 months in Railways.
He had obtained BE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Roorkee (1979) (now IIT Roorkee), MTech in Computer Technology from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (1981). Later, obtained Ph.D. from Thapar University, Patiala (2009) and attended advance management programmes at Harvard Kennedy School, (2017), and Cambridge Judge Business School, (2013).
The NCVET will regulate the functioning of entities engaged in vocational education and training, both long & short-term, and establish minimum standards for the functioning of such entities. The major functions of NCVET would be recognition and regulation of Awarding Bodies, Assessment Agencies, and Skill related Information Providers; approval of Qualifications; monitoring and supervision of recognized entities and grievance redressal.
The NCVET will enable integration of fragmented regulatory system and infuse quality assurance across the entire vocational training value chain, leading to better outcomes.