India's first skill university will issue degrees and diplomas equivalent to conventional educational institutions.
India is all set to open her own first Skill University soon. This university will be set up for accreditation of skilling centers and to allow them to issue degrees and diplomas equivalent to conventional educational institutions. Employment exchanges in the country will also act as skill counseling centers.
The intention of the skill university has been drawn up after recommendations from a sub-group of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, which was found after consultation with all states.
Characteristics of the Skill University
- Provide guidance to skill training institutes being run by the government and the private sector on grading students on 10 point scale under the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF).
- Provide qualification according to level of knowledge, skills and aptitude at par with formal education system
Who can benefit from Skill University
- Student with no formal education can also get a certificate of equivalence to formal education like upper primary or higher secondary under the framework depending on his skill and knowledge of a particular profession.
- The framework allows one to upgrade his or her certification by training at different skill centers.
To prevent duplication of effort, the sub-group has recommended that the university should be nodal office to implement quality and standards in all skill training institutes across the country with a special focus on employability.
The sub-group has also recommended that employment exchanges across the country should be converted into skill counseling centers to help the youth to get trained for a job as per his or her aptitude. For this, the proposed university will provide a framework.
The panel has, however, rejected the idea of having a skill university in every state. “The states have agreed to get their skill training centers accredited to the new university,” an official said.
The NITI Aayog has also negated the proposal of right to skill as suggested by skill development minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy. The sub-group suggested the government can bring a right to skill policy as done in Chhattisgarh which provides a “holistic” approach towards achieving the goal of providing skill to all youth.