The Delhi Government has decided to put school students into skill oriented courses and has planned to introduce eight vocational streams in 200 schools around the state. The vocational streams include courses on beauty and wellness, automobile and travel and tourism. The students from class 9 to 12 would get to learn these courses in four levels A, B, C and D.
Along with the three above mentioned courses the streams including retail, financial marketing management and general duty assistant in health care, information technology and security would also be offered to students from the month of October this year.
According to Director of Education Padmini Singhla, “We have recently signed a MoU with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to offer these streams and are now in process of finalizing training partners. After we finalize the training partners, we will enter into tripartite agreement with Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), sector skill council and the training partner. The project is being carried under the RMSA and state government is providing substantial budgeting.”
The recruitment of teachers and trainers would begin after the agreement settles between the bodies.
The classes will get started by mid-October and the establishment of labs in these schools will work simultaneously, confirmed Singhla. The labs will be made because all the schools don’t have the infrastructure to teach streams as beauty and wellness and automobile. The streams would be graded and, after the students have completed the D level by Class XII, the courses will be integrated with ITIs enabling them to pursue the area in full-fledged manner.
The proposal would divide the National Skill Qualification Framework into four levels where the first stage would introduce two vocational streams in schools for students to choose from. Initially 200 schools would begin these courses and from next year onwards the number of schools would arise. There are almost 1007 government schools under government in the national capital and this would take a few years to cover all the schools with the skill development courses.
The idea of introduction of vocational courses in Delhi government schools was suggested by the Late Former President APJ Abdul Kalam to Manish Sisodia in Delhi, during their meeting on June 7, 2015.