Proposals for BVoc course: UGC

Joint secretary of UGC K P Singh has issued a circular on March 13 inviting direct proposals from colleges for three-year bachelor of vocation degree courses

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has initiated the process for the introduction of a three-year bachelor of vocation (BVoc) degree course at recognized colleges and universities. Joint secretary of UGC K P Singh issued a circular on March 13 inviting direct proposals from colleges eligible for funds from the commission with plans to start the BVoc degree programme. The proposals should reach the UGC by April 15 and the BVoc course will then be launched.

The courses will focus on the employability of graduates and meeting the industry's requirement for ready-to-work students. The course will impart skill and specialization in different vocations with a multiple-exit provision - a diploma at the end of the first year and an advanced diploma after two years.

V B Gaikwad, director of University of Pune's board of colleges and university development stated that there are 148 aided colleges under them which are recognized and eligible for UGC funds. Many university-affiliated colleges in the non-aided sector, including engineering and pharmacy institution also qualify for the funds. They have asked them all to send proposals to the UGC. The BVoc degree course is one of three key proposals under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyaan (RUSA). The other two being setting up of community colleges and funding.

Gaikwad stated "The university has identified a large number of vocational sectors for the BVoc plan. Colleges too have been given the freedom to work out their plans based on industry requirement".

The UGC will provide financial assistance up to Rs 1.85 crore for the first three years the colleges selected for the BVoc programme under the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF). The NSQF was approved on December 19, 2013 by the Cabinet Committee on Skill Development which organizes qualifications based on levels of knowledge, skill and aptitude.
 Source and Credit: Times of India


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