Very soon Industrial Training Institutes will have their own Central Board of Certification. Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that the board will give the students a certificate upon finishing the school and this will help in removing the stigma around vocational training
“The government has decided to set up a central certification board to give equivalent certificates to students of ITIs, which currently number around 2.3 million,” Rudy said at a media briefing in New Delhi.
Rudy further added that it is have undergone complete reform in terms of structure, curriculum, syllabus and assessments and will soon emerge as the body whose standards will rival the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian School Certificate Examinations.
This move will help in bringing the greater mobility between vocational and formal education system in the nation.
Earlier, Rudy also announced that HRD Ministry has given the green flag to the Directorate General of Training, which will conduct the matriculation, secondary and higher secondary level exams for the approx. 23 lakh students studying in it is and those who will clear the exams will be awarded with the certificates.
“Sadly, our policy has always been to put the students who didnʼt perform well at school, or dropouts, into the ITIs… and they are not given matriculation or higher secondary certificates. So, we have ended up creating a system which has 18 lakh seats for engineering students, but of which 8 lakhs are lying vacant, without any takers,” the minister said on the subject of labour stigmatization.
He further said that the education policy in India is biased against the skills in which manual work is looked down and frown upon by many.