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Advocating vocational training

Inderjeet Dagar, Principal, College of Vocational Studies, DU feels that it is high time that the vocational stream of education gets its due. Ajita Singh interviews the veteran.

delhi Updated: May 12, 2008 13:31 IST
Ajita Singh

“Only the sky is the limit,” for those who take up vocational courses, feels Inderjeet Dagar, Principal, College of Vocational Studies, Delhi University, who thinks that job-oriented courses are the need of the hour. “The trained workforce never had it as good since the Industrial evolution.

The fast moving global economy is opening up many windows along its trajectory. Immense job potential lies out there and only the thing needed is an adequately trained workforce which is well-equipped in soft-skills to tap this job market,” feels Dagar

Advocating the vocational stream of education, Dagar admits that there has been a clear prejudice against job-oriented courses, especially at the undergraduate level.

The general perception, he says, has been that only academically weak students take up these courses. “But times have changed and many parents now do not regard these courses as fit only for a certain strata of society. However, there is a need for greater awareness about job-related programmes and it is high time the vocational stream of education got its due.”

But why this sudden change of scenario? “Apart from an increased awareness about vocational courses, people are realising the relevance of job-oriented courses. The main objective of a senior secondary student is to acquire a college seat at the undergraduate level. Most vocational courses are not recognised by colleges and even if they are, there is no distinct advantage in terms of marks.

Therefore, these courses are not preferred at the school level,” he qualifies. Any possibility of rectifying this deficiency in the system? “Yes, there is,” says Dagar. “We need a re-look at our education system. At the CVS, we give an advantage of five per cent to those vocational stream students who seek admission into a subject which they took at the senior secondary level.”

According to the CVS Principal, in the United States and most other countries, there is a credit system that encourages a student to opt for job-oriented courses.

For Dagar “the time has come when we should make an effort to create a linkage between educational programmes and industry needs. Only then will we be able to promote occupational competencies and an awareness to the world of work.

Everyone needs a job. Hence, everyone needs to acquire some skill-set or the other."