Academic Equivalence to Vocational Qualifications

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-

  1. NIOS will enrol the pass outs of ITIs/ undergoing training in ITI in NSQF compliant     trades.
  2. Class VIII pass with 2 years of ITI courses will be considered for award of Secondary School Certificate. Similarly, Class X pass with 2 years of ITI courses will be considered for award of Sr. Secondary School Certificate.
  3. For Secondary Course, the learners will have to take one language from the group of languages offered by NIOS at Secondary and Senior Secondary level and one academic subject offered by NIOS including course on Employability Skill and entrepreneurship at Secondary and Senior Secondary level
  4. 60% of the total credit will be transferred from ITI (equivalent to vocational courses) and 40% will be earned by learner from NIOS.
  5. Learner will take public examination of NIOS held twice a year or On Demand Examination at Regional Centres.
  6. Fifteen Central field Institutes of DGT have been registered with NIOS as Special Accredited Institution for Academic and Skill Development (SAIASD) so that they support the learners in the admission process and their participation in the examination of NIOS to avail benefit of the above arrangement.

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).