As per the directions of the ministry of human resource development (MHRD), 300 more government schools in Punjab (14 in Ludhiana) have been brought under the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) that operates under central government's Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). The aim behind this is to give students option to choose from a variety of vocational courses including security, IT, beauty and wellness, retail, agriculture and health care.
Earlier, only 100 schools in the state were offering such courses. In Ludhiana, there were five such schools and now the number has risen to 19.
The government senior secondary schools (GSSS) in Ludhiana include Aali Khurd, Bassian, Bhaini Baringa, Bhundri, Chaunta, Dehlon, Dhamot, Dhandari Khurd, Dhandra, Giddarwindi, Hans Kalan, Ikolaha, Isru, Kum Kalan, Lalori KAlan, Mangat, Nathowal, Nurpur Bet and Sahnewal (for girls). The five schools which were covered under this programme in the first phase were GSSS in Bassian, Chaunta, Dhandari Khurd, Nathowal and Nurpur Bet.
ICT district coordinator Rajwant Singh said the teachers for the vocational courses are outsourced and central government aid worth Rs 10,000 each was also given to the schools for providing vocational education to the students during the first phase of the project.
He said, “It is a big initiative by the MHRD to provide vocational education to the students under RMSA. It would enable the students to sharpen their skills and eventually lead to better job opportunities as the main motive of NSQF is to enhance the skills of the students. They will be able to become self sufficient.”
Government Senior Secondary School, Bassian, principal Kuldeep Kaur said, “The response in regards to the vocational subjects has been very good. The number of students taking admissions in these courses has increased over time. However, the only problem that I had to face was insecurity amongst the local teachers of other SST subjects.”
Principal Nirmal of Government Senior Secondary School, Noorpur Bet, said, “It took a lot of effort on our part to motivate the students to get enrolled in vocational courses in the beginning but now they are taking interest on their own and are coming forth to take admissions in the courses.”
The classes in the 14 schools are yet to start from the current academic session.