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Vocational Education Qualification framework at Class 8

Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said that a comprehensive skill development programme and a Vocational Education Qualification framework were key to India’s growth story. Addressing the 8th Pan-IIT Conference, Sibal said there was a need to change the mindset and approach to the education sector to keep up with the changing times.

Promising a ten-level Vocational Education framework that would enable a school student to choose academics or a vocation as early as the eighth standard, Sibal said the student would be able to get a CBSE vocational degree after the 12th standard, enabling him to be directly absorbed by the industry. Sibal was addressing a plenary session on “The Future of Education: Education Skills Development & Employability”.

Sibal called on the IIT alumni to collaborate with the government and help with research in India, connect with the industry and institutes to set up research parks and help develop a curriculum at all levels that will address the needs of the industry and ensure student pass out as employment-worthy candidates.

Via Indian Express