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Chennai: Providing vocational platform for dropouts

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Nearly 60 students, who had successfully completed different vocational courses conducted by the World Family Foundation, were awarded certificates on Sunday, as part of the foundation’s World Family Day celebrations.

Retired Naval officer M V S Kumar graced the occasion as the chief guest and distributed the certificates.

Speaking to City Express, Jaigopal, correspondent for the foundation’s education wing Universal Sevak University Trust (USUT) said, “Many students drop out of schools due to poor economic conditions and they eventually end up indulging in anti-social activities. As an attempt at preventing this, we provide them vocational courses of six-month period through USUT. These courses are approved by IGNOU and ISTE and at the end of the course; students will be able to get employment in several organisations.”

World Family Foundation, a non-profit organisation, works towards achieving the cause of ‘One World, One Family’.

Engineer-turned-ascetic Vinay Vinekar established the foundation in 1989 in Bengaluru. The foundation’s Chennai chapter was started in 2005.

The foundation celebrates World Family Day on July 14 every year with specific themes and this year’s theme  was ‘Care for all beings’. (Express News Service)

Vocational training provider SkillSonics secures $3.8M from National Skill Development Corp

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NSDC, a non-governmental organisation created by the finance ministry, provides viability gap funding to build scalable, for-profit vocational training initiatives.

Bangalore-based SkillSonics India Pvt Ltd, which offers vocational courses in partnership with Swiss Vocational and Educational Training (VET) institutions, has secured Rs 22.5 crore ($3.77 million) from the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to accelerate its target of training and certifying up to a million engineering technicians by 2022.

Founded in 2011, SkillSonics provides skills training programmes to Indian engineering sector covering automotive and auto components, equipment/machinery, light and precision engineering, heavy engineering, electrical/durable manufacturing and electronics assembly organisation. It plans to expand its presence to eight states and to meet this target, it will increase its team to over 3,000 people.

“We believe that drastic steps must be taken to skill up the Indian labour force, while enabling greater employment opportunities for the millions of educated unemployed youth. Moreover, there is a dire need to empower our industry to compete globally, which is possible only with internationally acceptable levels of skilled manpower,” said GP Chandra Kumar, chairman and CEO, SkillSonics.

“An estimated 12 million youth get added to the workforce every year and they need to be trained with relevant skills, meeting industry demand to be employable. Currently, only 5 per cent of India’s workforce receives any sort of formal training as against, say, 70 per cent in Germany or 95 per cent in South Korea. We need to scale up our training offerings both in terms of quantity and quality to make youth employable,” said Dilip Chenoy, CEO and MD of NSDC.

NSDC is a non-governmental organisation created by the finance ministry; it provides viability gap funding to build scalable, for-profit vocational training initiatives.

Last February, it invested Rs 3.65 crore in Apollo Med Skills, a medical training arm of Apollo Hospitals Group. In 2011, NSDC invested Rs 4 crore in Laurus Edutech Life Skills Pvt Ltd besides putting in Rs 15 crore in Everonn Skill Development Ltd.

Huge rush for vocational courses in MU colleges

College of Commerce

College of Commerce

Vocational courses have become the first choice for career-oriented students at degree level. Instead of pursuing three-year regular courses at degree level, most of the students, including girls, are opting for vocational courses. Colleges under Magadh University (MU) located in Patna are flooded with the applications seeking admission to vocational courses. These students feel degree level vocational courses are job-oriented.

College of Commerce, which has been imparting teaching in MBA and MSc in biotechnology at both PG and degree level, has been flooded with applications for various vocational courses. A large number of students have applied for BCA, BBM and Functional English, said college principal P K Verma. According to him, admissions in vocational courses will be made on merit basis.

A N College imparts PG teaching in about 24 subjects but rush is mostly in vocational courses. According to A N College principal Haridwar Singh, students’ response to regular courses has been hardly satisfactory as they are inclined to pursue Honours level courses only in a few subjects. The maximum number of applications has been received so far in the college are vocational courses which include BCA, BBM, MBA, MCA and environmental science and water management courses. The college will consider admission on merit basis, the principal said.

B D College too has a huge rush for vocational courses at degree level. BCA, BBM, functional English, Industrial Micro Biology and BSc in IT are more in demand this year, said college principal B N Ojha, adding admission in these vocational courses is being considered on merit basis following rules and regulations of the UGC.

J D Women’s College has also received a large number of applications for admission to vocational courses. The college is imparting teaching at degree level vocational courses in fashion designing, health and beauty care, journalism and other courses. Girls are more keen to get admitted to vocational courses, said college principal Usha Singh.

Similarly, Arvind Mahila College is also flooded with applications for admission in vocational courses. The college intends to improve infrastructure required for vocational courses. Girls have applied in good numbers for vocational courses, said college principal Asha Singh.

These MU colleges have shortlisted students for admission in vocational courses. The admission process will be completed in the second week of July and classes will be held from the last week of July in most of the colleges. (TOI)

Deadline for submission of forms extended at Ranchi Women’s College

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The last date for submission of admission forms in BSc, BCom and BA courses at Ranchi Women’s College has been extended from June 15 to June 20.

Principal of the college Manju Sinha said, “The decision has been taken as students requested us to extend the dates so that they get more time to fill forms.” Students said the queue to get forms was always long and it was not possible for all the students standing in a queue to get forms on the same day.

The exam for vocational courses will be held on June 23. Principal Sinha said, “The girls can get the admit card on June 22 and 23. The selection list will be declared on June 28.” The admission at intermediate level started after the first merit list was declared on Monday. “There are 640 seats for each subject, science, commerce and arts. The admission will be taken till June 30. There is reserved quota for BPL, SC, ST and sports too,” said Sinha.

She added if the seats were not filled, they would bring out the second merit list. (TOI)

Pandu College to offer vocational courses

Pandu College

Pandu College

Pandu College has decided to introduce new certificates and diplomas in professional and vocational courses from this year. Admission to these courses will take place in August.

An expert committee has been formed to frame the curriculum. All the courses will be employment-oriented with 100 per cent placement opportunities. The in-charge of information and career guidance cell, Nabajyoti Bora, said, “These would be primarily human resource development courses, software and hardware courses and soft skill development courses. We are introducing certificate and diploma courses right now but, later, full-fledged career-oriented degree courses will be introduced.” He added they are looking for a second campus near the existing one.

He said preference will also be given to some non-conventional subjects. There will be courses on Sattriya dance at the graduate and post-graduate levels. Certificate courses will be also be introduced for proofreading and translation keeping in view the increasing demand in these fields. Postgraduate courses will be introduced only in those subjects that have fully equipped departments with research facilities.

“Training will also be given to students for appearing for interviews during campus recruitments,” he added. (TOI)

A pioneer of vocational courses

A N College

A N College, Patna

The number of applicants for vocational courses at the A N College here are ten times the seats available every year. Their number is almost double the number of students who apply for traditional courses at the college.

“Last year, an average of over 1,000 students applied for each of the six vocational courses the college offers,” says Professor Kamlesh Kumar, head of economics department.

The college offers as many as 23 undergraduate courses, six of which are vocational courses.

There are total 465 seats in vocational courses, including 45 in BSc in environment and water management (EWM), 120 in bachelor of computer application (BCA), 120 in bachelor of business management (BBM), 60 in BSc in biotechnology (Biotech), 60 in BSc in information technology (IT) and 60 in bachelor of library and information science (BLIS). Math in Intermediate is compulsory for students applying for the BCA.

The college that has received ‘A-grade’ accreditation from the UGC and NAC had launched EWM in 1996. Earlier, none of the colleges in the state offered vocational courses. Later on, other vocational courses were also launched.

Besides the vocational courses, there are 17 traditional courses that the college offers in science, arts and humanities. There are 780 seats in science stream with courses in physics, chemistry, math, botany and zoology.

In arts and humanities department, the college has 860 seats with 12 courses in economics, history, political science, public administration, labour and social welfare, psychology, philosophy, sociology, Hindi, English, Urdu and geography. All the courses in arts and humanities get filled very fast except in philosophy, Urdu and English that don’t get many applications during the last few years.

The number of students applying for the traditional courses is almost double the number of seats the college offers.

“In the last few years, none of our seats remain vacant,” said Kumar, adding, “We calculate the number of seats as per the department. If certain course does not get the desired number of students, we add those seats to other courses.

“But we make sure to give admission to as many students as the number of seats available in that particular department.”

The college has 50% of its seats reserved under various caste-based quotas as specified by the Magadh University (MU).

The college does not have any seats reserved under any other quota. The students applying have to write entrance test and they must have at least 45% marks in Intermediate.

The college also offers language lab with the course in communicative English. It has 60 seats and admission is already going on for this course.

In 2004, the college also launched MBA and master of computer application (MCA), both approved by AICTE. (TOI)

Vocational courses in demand

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Fashion designing, animation, clinical nutrition, information technology and many other such vocational courses are ruling the list of top favourite courses of Ranchi students who will be applying for undergraduate courses this year.

As the popularity of vocational courses are increasing, almost all the city colleges have started offering various such courses. Most common vocational courses which are available in all colleges are computer applications, information technology and fashion designing.

Vice-chancellor of Ranchi University, Dr L N Bhagat said, “These are some courses which have gained popularity in a very small time and so most of the colleges are offering such courses.”

Fashion designing is the most favourite subject among girls and most of them are planning to take admission in Ranchi Women’s College. Anjana Bharti, who is planning to pursue a course in fashion designing, said, “Women’s College is the best. They keep organizing workshops and even invite famous people to the college. Last year they invited Bollywood actor Neetu Chandra. Meeting such people will provide more exposure and we will be able to understand fashion well.”

Animation is also a popular vocational subject. “There is a lot of scope in animation as lots of animation films are being made nowadays. Even the advertisements nowadays are animated. I think doing a course in animation will give me a much better career prospect and if I am really good I might even get a chance to work with some big animation company in India,” said Vaibhav Singh, who filled a form for admission in animation course at St Xavier’s College, Ranchi.

The seats for these vocational courses are limited and only the best students will be able to get admission in the best colleges. Principal of Women’s College, Manju Sinha said, “When it comes to vocational courses we have 50 seats each for fashion designing, electronics and clinical nutrition and 80 seats for IT.” (TOI)

Jobs boost popularity of vocational study

Patna University

The prospects of getting jobs and campus placements have made vocational courses in Patna University popular among students compared to traditional subjects.

Almost all colleges under the university offer undergraduate vocational courses. Most institutions have announced dates for entrance exams to these courses.

While most of the examinations are scheduled in June and July, Patna Women’s College has conducted admission tests to its courses — BCA, BSc (industrial microbiology), BBA and bachelors degree in communicative English.

“Vocational courses like BBA, BCA and BSc in biotechnology are very popular among students,” said Patna University (PU) dean of science U.K. Sinha.

“The number of applications for these courses are nearly five to 10 times the number of available seats.”

Sinha said high job prospects attracted students to the vocational courses. “In the two job fairs organised by the university this year (in January and April), many students of vocational courses were recruited.”

Principals of colleges corroborated Sinha’s claim.

Dolly Sinha, principal, Magadh Mahila College, said: “Courses like BCA and BBA are very popular at our institution. Some of the major recruiters of students pursuing these courses are Wipro, Infosys and TCS.” The placement packages that these students bag range between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh per annum.

Anjali Singh, who has applied for the BCA course at Magadh Mahila College, said: “Good job prospects are, of course, a great incentive for pursuing vocational courses. Also, if I have a BCA, it will be easier for me to get admission to the MCA course.”

Some of the other popular courses on offer are BA (mass communication). Aspiring journalists can apply to 60 seats for the course at Patna College.

Another popular course is the three-year BSc in environmental science. There is a huge demand for students who earn this degree, as no industrial project would get clearance from the pollution control board and environment and forests department without the go-ahead of an environmental scientist.

CBSE introduces vocational courses under MHRD’s National Qualification Framework

courseThe Central Board of Secondary education (CBSE) is currently offering various skill based courses at senior secondary to impart knowledge and training that strengthen the core skills of the students’.

To further strengthen this programme of developing skills and competencies, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF) starting from class IX onwards, to be implemented in educational systems throughout schools, colleges, polytechnics and universities from 2013-14.

The following programmes under various domains have been identified for implementation in schools starting from Level I i.e. from class IX onwards from the Session 2013-2014.

1. Retail
2. Security
3. Information Technology
4. Automobile Technology

All these courses of 200 hours each may be offered as an additional compulsory subject by rationalising the existing content for classes IX and X on pilot basis.

Also, as a pilot programme these courses have already been introduced in 42 schools affiliated to the Board from the academic session 2012-13. The competency based curriculum package would consist of syllabus, student manual, trainers guide, training manual, teacher qualifications and multimedia packages and ematerial to facilitate the successful implementation of the courses.

Therefore, you are kindly requested to choose any one or more courses for your esteemed schools to be offered from class IX onwards starting from this session 2013-2014. It is also to mention here that necessary support and guidance towards Teachers’ Training and other aspects for the successful implementation of these courses will be provided by the Board.

Vocational courses for 9th standard students soon

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Programme to be implemented in 10 educational districts

The State government will soon introduce vocational education and skill training for students of ninth standard in 100 government high schools across 10 educational districts in the State.

Keeping vocational courses out of the purview of general education has led to a severe shortage of trained manpower, particularly in the fields of information technology, automobile and retail trade. Realising this lacuna, the Union Human Resources Development ministry came up with National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NCEQF) to incorporate vocational courses in the present education system – from high school to higher education level.

The primary objective of the Framework plan is to hone the skills of the students according to their abilities and inclinations and to meet the global demand for a qualified workforce.

Three states – Karnataka, Haryana and West Bengal – have been selected for the programme on a pilot basis. As many as 10,000 students of ninth standard spread over Bangalore Rural, Ramanagar, Mysore, Hassan, Belgaum, Dharwad, Sirsi, Gulbarga, Raichur and Yadgir educational districts will benefit from the programme initially.

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The schools have been selected on the basis of the available infrastructure and teaching facility. Schools located close to industries have been given preference. Two begin with, vocational courses will be offered in two disciplines and a student can select any one of them.

A maximum of 50 students will be selected for each discipline. The course curriculum comprises soft skills, life skills, theory and practical classes, visit to industries, lectures by experts and project work. The students will be graded on through continuous and comprehensive evaluation. Each discipline will have 200 hours of classes.

Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded National Certificate for Work Preparation from Sector Skill Council and Karnataka State Secondary Education Board.

Dr Vishnukanth S Chatapalli, the advisor for Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation and member of Karnataka Knowledge Commission has been appointed the president of the State committee for NCEQF. Senior officials of the Primary and Secondary Education Department will be the members of the committee which will monitor the implementation of the programme.

Sources in the Education Department said teachers of Industrial Training Institutes will be deputed for vocation course in automobile sector while a few software companies have evinced interest in providing faculty for the course in information technology. (DHNS)