As part of the drive to connect students with vocational education from the school level itself, the Ministry of Education has made preparations to include skill activities in the curriculum of elementary school education and to add modern-day-friendly skill development courses in higher education. Its purpose is to meet the needs of industries as well as to remove the problem of employment after education. An official of the Ministry of Education told ‘Bhasha’ that a framework of vocational education is being implemented from class VI to higher secondary level, with emphasis on skilling activities at the level of elementary education as well.
He said that under the Skill India Mission, Samagra Shiksha Yojana is being implemented with the aim of providing vocational education to the students of class 9th to class 12th. He also told that in this regard, secondary schools will be able to tie up with Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Polytechnic Institutes etc. for training programs. The aim of the government is to connect 50 percent of the students in the school and higher education system with vocational education by the year 2025.
Under the plan to implement the Vocational and Skill Development Scheme, the help of industries is being taken to assess the domestic and global needs so that the needs of industries can be met along with removing the problem of employment after education. Recently, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had said that special attention will have to be paid to the preparation of curriculum and training of teachers under the new age skill development in school education. In these courses, emphasis is being given on courses like artificial intelligence, robotics, coding, data science.
The ministry has started work on a plan to set up skill labs in schools. Schools in which skill labs will be established, other schools around them will also be able to take advantage of these facilities where such labs will not be there. The ministry has developed a format for skill based aptitude test based on career choices and options. It is prepared by CBSE and NCERT. According to the information received from the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, 55 vocational courses are being offered at the school level and till March 2021, 13,50,175 students have been benefited from the skill development scheme.
These skill development courses include Agriculture, Apparel, Automotive, Banking, Finance, Insurance Services, Beauty, Health, Manufacturing, Electronics & Hardware, Information Technology Enabled Services, Media, Entertainment, Multiple Skills, Plumber, Electricity, Security, Telecommunication, Tourism and Including hospitality, transportation logistics, warehousing etc.