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Scheme of "Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education" revised
Feb 13, 2014

The Cabinet Committee on Skill Development has given its approval for revision of the vocational education scheme. This will be a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) under which financial assistance will be given to all State Governments /Union Territory administrations for implementation of vocational education in Government Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools and incentive will be given to Government aided and recognized private schools during the remaining period of the 12th Plan. The scheme would involve capacity building of vocational education teachers / skill trainers, development of competency based curriculum and teaching material, development of MIS for monitoring and tracking students and funding of innovative practices under vocational education.

The objectives of the scheme are to enhance the employability of youth through competency based modular vocational courses; to maintain their competitiveness through provisions of multi-entry multi-exit learning opportunities and vertical mobility; to fill the gap between the educated and the employable; and to decrease pressure on academic higher education. Further, skills and employability of the youth will be enhanced through industry and demand driven vocational courses.

Till date 1119 schools across 21 States and Union Territories have been covered from the year 2011-12 onwards when the revised scheme was approved. 19,300 students were covered in the year 2011-12, 73,300 students were covered in 2012-13 and 1.19 lakh students were covered in 2013-14. Competency based curriculum and courseware has been developed in 7 trades.

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