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Kapil Sibal meets Auto Industry captains for Vocational Education development Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Saturday, 11 December 2010
New Delhi: Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri. Kapil Sibal, presided over a Round Table on development of a National Vocational Education Qualification Framework. This meeting was with representatives of the automotive sector and the discussion was on the subject of automobile industry specific vocational education.

To develop the course curriculum for this sector, a core group was constituted by Shri Sibal, which would function under the chairmanship of Dr. R. Seshasayee, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland Limited and includes Shri S.S. Mantha, Chairman AICTE, Shri. Ashok Thakur, Shri. N K Sinha , both Additional Secretaries in the HRD Ministry and Shri. Subhash Khuntia, Joint Secretary in the HRD Ministry.

The committee would be submitting its recommendations to MHRD within 3 months. This Committee may co opt other experts as and when required.

Shri. Kapil Sibal pointed out that 56% of our economy and growth comes from the service sector, which is unsustainable, with the country’s population crossing 1.2 billion. The national impetus that contributes to the service sector should continue, but the manufacturing sector definitely needs greater attention, he said. He emphasised that we have to create skills to empower our manpower, keeping in context fast changing technology. There is need to develop a system of vocational education with different levels of training (may be seven to eight) starting at the school level from class nine, with a choice for selecting the area of interest, he said. This should seamlessly provide multi point entry to appropriate jobs and or Higher education. He further said that we need to build a framework which provides a system of certification for the selected choices and provides options for vertical mobility from school to university.

The minister underlined the need to develop a curriculum which is need based and caters to the different aspects of the automobile industry. He called for active collaboration with the automobile industry to develop the curriculum for this qualification frame work, as also for the support system for hands on training, virtual training and software training. He pointed out that 39 million students pass out from class 12, of which only 1 million get an opportunity to be empowered through vocational education.

Addressing the gathering, Smt. D Purandeshwari, Minister of State for HRD said that the provisions of the National Policy on Education 1986 emphasize the introduction of systematic, well planned and rigorously implemented program of Vocational Education. She said that the qualitative aspect of assessment of the manpower situation should include a national qualification framework to address various issues of manpower assessment of training to facilitate lifelong learning of workers.The Secretary Department of Higher Education, Smt. Vibha Puri Das and Prof. S.S.Mantha, Chairman AICTE also addressed the group.

The conference was attended by representative of automobile industry including Ashok Leyland Limited, Scooters India Ltd. Asia Motor Works Ltd., BMW India Pvt. Ltd., Greaves Cotton Ltd., Piaggio Vehicles Ltd., Reva Electric Car Company, Skoda Auto India Pvt Ltd., Tata Motors Ltd., VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd., Hyundai Motors India Ltd., Rimaco Machines, Siemens Ltd, the professional bodies including NASSCOM, ASSOCHAM, FICCI, Confederation of Indian Industry and the policy makers and officials of Ministry of Human Resource Development. The automobile sector contributes to Rs 2 lac crore of revenue figures and provides an opportunity for employment to at least 13 million people.

The delegates deliberated on various issues related to development of qualification framework and there was common consensus on the following:

1. There is an acute shortage of labor at Tier 2 and Tier 3, so there is a need to evolve a strategy to compensate the shortage. This may include some short term, medium term and long term solutions. The Industry may evolve the short term and Medium term solutions. But the vocational qualification frame work is required for providing a long term solution to become a global leader.

2. Students have no motivation to opt for the vocational stream, hence trainers as well as students both need to be incentivized for attracting them for the vocational stream. There were references to other Countries, where students willingly go for vocational education, which ensures a secure job opportunity.

3. The Man Power produced at the vocational, polytechnic or at a degree level lacks required core competence needed for the industry. The so called skilled man power is further required to be trained for 2-3 years to shape them as per Industry requirement.

4. Vocational education needs to be incentivized by industry either by offering incentive packages or by developing a process of certification.

5. It is anticipated that by 2020, about 220 million students will pass out from school, out of which, about 150 million will not enroll for college education. This young talent needs to be motivated for vocational education.

6. There are three important components of developing the qualification frame work for vocational education.

(i) Development of curriculum
(ii) Certification through examination
(iii) Incentivisation.

7. The qualification frame work should provide opportunities for lateral movement in main stream Higher Education and should ensure capacity building and skill development through quality education.

8. There is a need for suitable trainers to impart technical training to the students of this stream.

9. In addition to the core skills of the Automobile Industry, there is felt need of skilled drivers, mechanics and other skilled manpower for proper servicing of latest Automobiles. There is a huge shortage of skilled manpower and no suitable framework available to cater to the needs of the services and sales sector in the Automotive Industry.

10. The Automobile Industries will come forward and collaborate with the institutions by providing required hardware and suitable trainers to teach the aspirants of vocational stream.

11. It was felt that the curriculum of vocational framework should be such that it provides a mix of technical skill with managerial skill for vertical integration in the industry and there should be regular refresher courses to update technical skills.

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