Assam joins Pearson Group for skill training in schools

July 21st, 2012 - 6:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Guwahati, July 21 (IANS) The Assam government and Pearson Group Saturday announced a joint initiative to provide vocational skills training for young people in schools in Assam.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also launched the first skills delivery centre under the initiative at the Kamrup Academy Higher Secondary School in Guwahati, which is expected to serve as a platform for the introduction of the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF), an ambitious national program to integrate skills, training and qualifications in schools.

“I am proud to say that Assam is leading the way in India in preparing today’s generation for tomorrow’s world,” said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi while launching the programme.

Under this initiative, Pearson, the world’s largest education enterprise, will set up vocational skills centres in 10 specially-selected government schools, initially offering two training streams, in retail and computer hardware and IT.

The design and implementation of the programme has seen close collaboration between all stakeholders, from teachers, academic administrators, students, and trainers as well as officials from government of Assam. The courses will be introduced for students in standard IX in August 2012, before moving into higher classes with a wider portfolio.

S. Ramadorai, advisor to the Prime Minister on National Skill Development Council, who was also present on the occasion, said that vocational education in schools would harness the potential of youth and give them many more avenues for employment as adults.

Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the vocational education would allow young people to develop rewarding careers in multiple fields in our expanding economy, helping themselves as well as Assam.

“The state education boards will include the vocational subjects in the regular curriculum of 10th and 12th standard from next year, if the pilot project is successful. The student can opt for having any vocational subjects in stead of one regular subject in the curriculum,” said the state education minister.

He said that the initiative will be gradually extended to all the schools in Assam in a phased manner.

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