Importance of Vocational Education
What is Vocational Educational?
With the upsurge of Skill India where the vision is to benefit 10 million youth within 2020, various schemes are being brought forward to enable the youth to take up Industry relevant skill Training. In this purview the Vocational Education is gaining a strong foothold.
Vocational Education is conventional non-academic education, on specified skill or discipline which is more of a hands-on experience and is work and goal focused. Vocational courses provide an edge over mainstream academic courses and prepares individuals for trade. This is a skill-based education where the technicalities of particular role are taught. Vocational Education is also referred as Technical Educational.
Importance of Vocational Education
Vocational Education is most important part in nation building and curbing the menace of Unemployment faced by developing nation like India. The growing industrial and labour demands is a clear indication of nation’s requirement of vocational education. In 1964, the Kothari Commission drew the conclusion that “many jobs don’t require university degrees and can be performed by training the individuals after their Higher Secondary.” The result of this review was establishment of central bodies to cater to the needs to vocational training. The Directorate General of Employment and Training(DGET) under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is central to more than 13,000 Industrial Institutes (ITIs) that provide vocational education in India.
This education aids the students who can’t pursue their further studies due to various reasons and can make them employable. The vocational education forms the cornerstone in Industrial sector where technical productivity is more important.
In the pathway to provide ample opportunities to youth, any individual can go for vocational courses either after Matriculation or 10 + 2. Training is provided in the following Sectors:
- Tourism and Hospitality
- Food Processing
- Electronics & Hardware
- Media & Education
- Gems & Jewellery
- Beauty & Wellness
The training and skill development in all the above-mentioned sectors can directly land the candidates to their desired job. Though the value of Education cannot be denounced but, there is a huge gap between the education and employment. Establishments often look for educational qualifications but it is the skilled force that scores high on productivity.
Many Vocational courses are government sponsored and individuals from all strata of society can opt for them depending on their Interest. What is all the more engulfing being, the fact that these steps ensure to change the mindset that Vocational Training is only for drop outs or people from low marginal group. Also, many private trainers have emerged who take on the project from Government body such as NSDC and Skill India Mission for easy implementation and success of the students and Individuals.
The negligible part yet important issue is that the though there are enough trainers for training yet the desired result is yet to be achieved as the ethics and accountability has to be precise.
India is on its way to become skill capital and with huge number of individuals enrolling and adapting these skills to earn a better livelihood. The only road block is the mindset of the people and proper dissemination of Information related to the Vocational Training.