Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Vocational education programme soon: Sibal

New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) Emphasising on the need for introducing skillful and resourceful courses for development, Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal Friday said that a vocational educational programme will be launched soon.

The programme — National Vocational Qualification Framework, is for students of Class 8-12. It will be organised in collaboration with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Sibal said on the sidelines of the seventh Assocham International Educational Summit here.

“Colleges and universities in the country need to develop specialised courses as institutes in India are not producing skilled graduates who can be employed in industries and factories,” said Sibal.

Speaking on the need for foreign investment in the education sector, the minister said that it the global need to collaborate with foreign companies in this regard.

“In addition, we need to work together with the private sector for a flexible education system in India as such a move will consequently result in efficient management of education services in the country,” said Sibal.

“In order to be a developed nation, India needs to increase the current gross enrollment ratio. I’ll increase the gross enrollment ratio to 30 percent by 2010 (from the current 16 percent), that’s my task,” said Sibal.

–Indo-Asian News Network

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