The Cabinet Committee on Skill Development (CCSD) approved for continuation and revision of Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (VSHSE) Scheme in the 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) on 12 February 2014.
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.
• To decrease pressure on academic higher education.
• Further, skills and employability of the youth will be enhanced through industry and demand driven vocational courses.
Main features of the Scheme
This is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) under which financial assistance will be given to all State Governments and Union Territory’s for implementation of vocational education in Government Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools.
Incentives will be given to Government aided and recognized private schools during the remaining period of the 12th FYP. The total allocation approved by the Planning Commission for the Scheme in the 12th FYP is 500 crore rupees per annum.
The Scheme also involve capacity building of vocational education teachers or 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.
About Vocational of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Scheme
The Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Vocationalisation of Secondary Education is being implemented since 1988.
The Revised Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Scheme is in operation since 1992-93. The Revised Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Scheme was approved in September 2011 for the remaining period of the 11th Five Year Plan.
A pilot based on the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework was approved as part of the revised scheme and it was decided that the continuation of the scheme in the 12th Five Year Plan, will be taken up on the basis of learning emerging from the pilot.
In September 2012 a pilot project on National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF) under the scheme was launched in Haryana across 40 schools. The scheme is being revised based on the learning emerging from the Haryana Pilot Project.
When: 12 February 2014