Skill Ministry Signs Deal With IGNOU To Boost Vocational Education

New Delhi: In an effort to link vocational education and training with higher education, an agreement has been signed between the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and the Indira Gandhi Open University on Tuesday.

The partnership is aimed at further strengthening the framework of vocational and technical training while making India’s youth employable by creating avenues for them to access better work opportunities, reported news agency PTI.

The course will benefit the trainees of National Skill Training Institutes, Industrial Training Institutes, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras and Jan Shikshan Sansthans via the programme. It aims to create upward mobility of these students for attaining higher education in search of better livelihood opportunities.

“Under the partnership, 32 NSTIs, more than 3,000 Government ITIs, 500 PMKKs and nearly 300 JSS will be associated with IGNOU as Registration Centres, Examination Centres and Work Centres for hands on training,” an official statement was quoted as saying by the news agency.

“Through the collaboration, students will now get an opportunity to join the three-year degree programme of IGNOU,” the statement added.

Representatives from the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and IGNOU, a Project Steering Committee will monitor and review the course progress. The MoU has been signed initially for 10 years subject to renewal on mutual agreement.

“This MoU is in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goal 4.4 and the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 for increasing Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education including vocational education to 50 per cent by 2035,” the statement further said.

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