The President’s address to both houses of the Parliament on 9.6.2014 included the following:
“With the motto of “Har Haath Ko Hunar”, my government will strive to break the barriers between formal education and skill development, and put in place a mechanism to give academic equivalence to vocational qualifications. With the goal of Skilled India, my government will also launch a National Multi-skill Mission”
To implement the above commitment, the ministry has taken proactive measures and as a result Directorate General of Training under M/o Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) under Ministry of Human Resource Development have signed a MoU on 14th July, 2016 to put in place a system for academic equivalence to vocational/ITI qualification, there by opening options to meet aspirations of those candidates of ITI system who want to attain high academic qualification in addition to their skills.
This MoU also open path ways for ex-trainees of ITI, holding National Trade Certificate (NTC) to earn secondary/senior secondary qualification. Under the MoU following arrangements have been made-
A Working Group has been constituted for introduction of Credit Framework for recognizing skill and education as a part of an integrated learning system under the mandate of the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF).