About B. Voc. Degree

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About B. Voc Degree

Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India has formulated a National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF), under the aegis of which is envisioned to create 500 million skilled manpower by 2022 to meet the future requirements of the industry and other sectors of the employment market.

The framework provides for seven levels of certifications. While certification levels 1 to 4 fall in domain of school education, certification levels 5 to 7 come within the jurisdiction of the higher education sector and after appropriate implementation of the idea it would lead to award of an undergraduate degree in a specified vocational progamme pertaining to an area of specialization.

Under the NVEQF, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has identified vocational sectors with each sector offering a number of specializations. Based on this formulation, the UGC has prepared a scheme for introducing vocational education.

The UGC has also specified the B.VOC Degree which may be awarded to a student after successful completion of certification levels 5, 6 and 7. The proposed vocational education programme will be a judicious mix of skills relating to a profession and appropriate content of general education and suggests establishment of a symbolic link with Skill Knowledge Provider (SKPs), approved by the AICTE.

Levels of Certification

Certification Level

Normal Qualification

Vocational Qualification

Certifying Body

7

3rd year Bachelors

Degree

University-TISS

6

2nd year Bachelors

Advanced Diploma

University-TISS

5

1st year Bachelors

 Diploma  University-TISS

 

Certification Nomenclature

B.Voc. (Specialization)

Vocational Curriculum

Theory curriculum-Curriculum for a specific vocational sector specialization has been designed by the AICTE in consultation with industry and other service sectors to ensure the contextual relevance and also to ensure easy placement. Knowledge and skills in a particular vocation have been identified to commensurate with the requirements of a degree level programme along with the nature of jobs the degree holder can contribute to. This input from the AICTE in respect of the curriculum design shall be used and improvements effected as the course is offered.

The Skills Curriculum-The important component of the scheme is institutionalizing skill component of vocational education using the modalities of Skill Knowledge Providers (SKPs) identified by the AICTE. The SKPs will be an integral component of the institutions which can be entrusted with this responsibility including engineering institutions, Polytechnics and UGC approved and University affiliated colleges.

Major Aspects of the Scheme

  • The candidate shall complete the skill modules as required at various certification levels, one level at a time, shall acquire the necessary credits from the approved SKP, and submit the  same to the Institute where he/she is registered for a Degree.
  • The SKP shall assess/evaluate the skills acquired by the student and award Skill Certificates along with vocational skill credits.
  • Vocational skill credits shall be transferred to the University, which compiles the vocational skill credits and the formal education credits and if all such credits are available as required at the respective certification level, then the university shall award the certification at that level.
  • Certification levels as required will entail the student for the award of a Vocational Degree.
  • Each level requires approximately 1000 hours of education and training taken together per annum. These hours shall have both vocational and academic components.

AICTE’s Role

The AICTE should prepare a folder containing all information about the modalities of undergoing vocational programmes as well as the future of those who choose to enter vocational degree programmes. This would be of great help to the colleges in providing the needed publicity of the programmes for the benefit of the youth

NOTE: The scheme is in addition to the career-oriented programme in Vocational areas offered as add-on to the degree level programmes in Arts, Science, and Commerce.