The University Grants Commission (UGC) is increasingly encouraging implementation of skill-based and career-oriented programs in colleges and universities across India. In order to make it easier for educational institutes to implement on its plans, the Commission has rolled out several new schemes with assistance from the Central Government, announced the Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani.
The HRD minister revealed this information while answering a question in Lok Sabha. She mentioned a scheme named “Introduction of Career Oriented Courses” (COCs) under which the UGC provides financial support to eligible colleges and universities to roll out COCs at diploma, advance diploma, and certificate levels.
All COCs will be designed to run concurrently with mainstream/conventional programs such as B.Com, B.Sc, and BA.
In a bid to popularize skill-based vocations even further, the UGC has also revised its guidelines in sync with the National Skills Qualification Framework for merging skill and vocational development with conventional courses.
The minister revealed that the UGC was also providing grants to colleges and universities under a couple of new schemes dubbed “Community Colleges” and “B.Voc Degree Program” that offer career and skill-based vocational courses. To boost the merit of the schemes even further, an industry partner is assigned for curriculum development and assessment of learners.
The UGC will also approve 100 Kaushal Centers during the XII plan period under a special scheme. Kaushal Centers will be aimed at providing skill based education from certificate to post graduate level, Irani said.
“Further, the skill component of these courses is to be assessed and certified by the concerned sector skill council, which is being recognised for award of certificate, diploma, advance diploma or degree from college and universities,” the minister added.