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Sibal pitches for skill development in education system

MHRD, Vocational Training

The Union Minister of Human Resource and Development Kapil Sibal has pitched for developing skills in the youth of the country. The minister has pointed out that vocational education and skill development should be integrated in the educational system.

Sibal said this while addressing the inaugural session of the 58th meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) in New Delhi.

“It has become essential to develop a set of nationally recognized qualifications tailoring the qualifications to the requirements of industry,” said Kapil Sibal.

These qualifications in turn will help the youth to become productive members of society and the economy.

The National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF) was discussed in the meeting extensively. The proposed framework aims to embed vocational education in the educational system providing for horizontal and vertical mobility for youth to seamlessly move from general to vocational education.

Sibal has also emphasized the integral role of State Governments in preparing this Framework, as the levels of diversity in skill development in the states will best be addressed by the State Governments.

He also said thus an element of diversity must be built into the education system to enable mobility; and the necessary unity that is also required will be provided by the standards set by a common NVEQF.

The high level meeting was attended by Dr. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Narendra Jadhav, Member (Education), Planning Commission, Smt. Vibha Puri Das, Secretary, Higher Education, Smt. Anshu Vaish, Secretary, School Education and Literacy besides Ministers of various state Governments, members of CABE from academia and civil society.

India Education Review, June 8, 2011

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