According to a senior official at the UGC (University Grants Commission), the commission plans to set up the proposed Kaushal (Knowledge Acquisition and Upgradation of Skilled Human Abilities and Livelihood) centres beginning from the next academic year.
H Devaraj, the vice president of the UGC said that in order to give thrust to skill education in the country, UGC intends to set up as many as 100 Kaushal centres in different Government-run educational institutions and universities across the country.
According to the provisions in the scheme, the shortlisted institutions would be provided with an assistance of Rs 5 crore in order to launch skilled courses in a number of fields including PhD, Diploma, Bachelor of vocation, advanced diploma and Master in vocation streams.
The deadline for the application is 25th February.
The private institutions are free to start the course without waiting for any aid from the UGC. The UGC approved institutions which are currently offering Bachelor courses in vocational studies also fulfil the eligibility criteria to get the assistance under the program.
He further added that the commission plans to set up 'National Resources Council' with Rs 25 crore funding. Its aim would be to track the progress made by the Kaushal centres.
He also told that the commission was contemplating upon a similar proposal to commence an e-course in soft skills and elective which would be under the patronage of 'National Mission for Education'. It was estimated to be budgeted around Rs 100 crore.
The vice president of the commission was quick to add on that the quality of the content remains the key if the education system is to play a major role in nation building.