Building public opinion on the importance of Skill Development and Vocational Education and Training:
The Institute will conscientiously work towards building an environment for generating public opinion
in favour of vocationalisation of education, both at the school and higher education level.
This will be done in cooperation with the government and private bodies.
Support Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA): RMSA was launched in March, 2009 to enhance access
to quality secondary education. The PSSCIVE will work towards Improving the employability of secondary
students through an integrated curriculum, greater flexibility in choice of subjects and innovative pedagogic
practices, bringing focus on critical thinking, communication, and creativity skills.
Facilitate implementation of National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF)/ National Skill
Qualification Framework (NSQF) and Framework for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): The MHRD has formally
launched NVEQF in schools on 3rd September, 2012. It is a descriptive framework that organizes qualifications
according to a series of levels of competencies. These levels are defined in terms of learning outcomes i.e.,
the competencies which the learners must possess regardless of whether they were acquired through formal,
non-formal or informal education and training. Qualifications are made up of occupational standards for specific
areas of learning units. It is nationally integrated education and competency based skill framework that will
provide for multiple pathways both within vocational education and between general and vocational education.
It will link one level of learning to another higher level and enable learners to progress to higher levels from
any starting point in the education and/or skill system.
To facilitate the development of National Occupation Standards, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
has established 10 Sector Skill Councils (SSCs). Of these, 4 Skill Councils for Automobile, Security,
Information Technology/Information Technology enabled Services and Retail sectors have become operational
and are working closely with the Haryana, West Bengal and Assam Governments for implementation of pilot project
on NVEQF in schools. The PSSCIVE is the nodal agency at the school level and AICTE is coordinating the implementation
of NVEQF at higher education level.
The PSSCIVE will organize sensitization, orientation and awareness generation programmes to orient parents, students,
administrators, educationists, industry, community leaders, etc., for wider acceptability of NVEQF amongst society and
employers. It will develop competency based modular curricula and teaching-learning materials in various sectors of
economy and meet the needs of teaching and training. It will provide necessary inputs for the Bachelor of Vocational
Education (B.Voc.) programme, being introduced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for providing vertical
mobility to the vocational students. The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is developing a framework for
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to recognize the skills of the people working in the unorganized sector and to
provide them opportunity to become lifelong learners. The PSSCIVE will work closely with the NIOS in this endeavour.
Promote Adult Skill Development Programmes: Under the Saakshar Bharat Mission, 70 million adults have to be
provided functional literacy by 2012, including 60 million women through an assortment of teaching learning
programmes, including functional literacy programme, basic education programme, vocational education and
continuing education programme. The Institute will work closely with Adult Education Centres (Lok Shiksha Kendras)
at Gram Panchayat level and Jan Shiksha Sansthans (JSS) for providing VET and promoting lifelong learning for adults.
Encourage Public Private Partnerships: The Institute recognizes public-private partnership as an important tool
for enhancing the outreach and improving the quality of certain aspects of VET in schools. Efforts will be made
to encourage private sector to invest part of its profit towards philanthropic activities in vocational education
sector by adopting Government schools for improvement of infrastructure and resources, etc. Private sector would
also be involved in designing curriculum and assessment and certification system so that the demand for appropriate
skill by the industry can be met.
Special focus on training of teachers and trainers on blended teaching: Combining theoretical and practical aspects
of teaching in learning situations that have real life or real work experience has been a major challenge in VET.
Teacher and trainers will be trained in blended teaching-learning approaches to promote integration of academic
and vocational education and training.
Develop learning materials for out-of-school children: The Institute in collaboration with National Institute
of Open Schooling (NIOS) will develop learning materials for the out of school children to encourage admission
of children at the appropriate level, thereby supplementing the efforts of formal school system.
Promote research in VET: The Institute will undertake wide range of applied research in VET including identification
of current and future skills needs and skill gap studies. The research outcomes will support the identification of
new areas, designing of new qualifications and curricula and development of teaching-learning materials for the new and
Design and conduct certificate and diploma programmes: The Institute will design and conduct certificate
and diploma programmes in different disciplines or sectors to strengthen the interface between secondary
and tertiary education system and to build the capacity of the administrators, teachers and trainers.
The programmes will be delivered through a blended learning mode of education and training.