Education minister Daljeet Singh Cheema has said the state education department’s collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) would create new opportunities for youth by improving employability of students who will pass out of these courses because of vocational education, industrial training inputs and exposure.
Cheema stated this on Friday after the state education department signed a memorandum of understanding with the NSDC.
Giving details about the programme, Cheema said it would provide guaranteed employment to the senior secondary passouts of vocational schools. He said from August, the state is going to initiate exclusive vocational education programme for which 100 schools have been identified. He added that special vocational education would be imparted to students from Classes 9 to 12 for the 2014-15 session.
Cheema said the programme would be implemented in the state in a phased manner in collaboration with the human resource development ministry. The programme has been prepared by the top experts of IITs and IIMs in view of the present needs and requirements of various industries, he added.
“In beginning of the programme, vocational education would be provided in trades, including health care, IT, retail, automobile, security and beauty and wellness,” he said, adding 5,000 students will be admitted in the first phase, who will get vocational education for four years and after passing their senior secondary they will be able to get jobs in their respective profession on the basis of certificate issued by the authorities concerned.
The education minister said the programme will be implemented in all schools of the state in a phased manner in coming years with the inclusion of at least 100 trades in the ambit of programme. Cheema said before commencement of every academic session, Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan would hold a review with NSDC to introduce more courses under other sectors.