Four-day orientation prog for newly recruited vocational teachers commences

Participants during orientation programme.
Participants during orientation programme.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 1: A four day orientation programme on developing vocational teaching skills in tune with the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) for the newly recruited vocational trainers of Jammu and Kashmir commenced here today.
The training being organized by the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyaan (RMSA), will have experts from the Pandit Sundarlal Sharma Central Institute of Vocational Education, a specialized institute of the NCERT and various Skill Sector Councils (SSCs) of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
The orientation course for the Kashmir Division schools was held from the December 27 to 30, in which 132 newly engaged vocational trainers participated.
Saugat Biswas, State Project Director, RMSA, J&K informed that the vocational education scheme which was sanctioned by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) was sanctioned in 2013-14, however the scheme never saw the light of the day till 2016.
In 2016 the scheme was finally launched in J&K, in collaboration with the NSDC, an agency of the Ministry of Skill Development, Government of India and specialised vocational teachers were recruited in all the 132 schools offering vocational education in the domains of IT/ITes, Healthcare, Retail and Travel/Tourism, he said.
He informed that the first batch of vocational course which starts in class ninth will impart the course to over 6000 students of the State and make them employable by the time they pass out of their twelfth standard.
Biswas had a detailed interaction with the vocational trainers on the expectation of the education department from the trainers, and how they can maximize their resources given the difficulties many would encounter due to their schools being located in far flung areas of the State.
Shadilal Tengloo, State Coordinator, Vocational Education, RMSA, informed that the RMSA has recently launched the online-MIS for the monitoring of the scheme, which will be populated by the trainers as well as the principals of the schools, and will be viewed by various levels of administration. The MIS portal was inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on December 30, he informed.
Prof Asfa Yasin and Prof Vinay Mehrotra from PSS Central Institute Of Vocational Education Bhopal are the resource persons for the programme, besides Master Trainers in the domains of IT/ITes, Healthcare, Retail and Travel and Tourism are also having detailed interactions in various subjects with the vocational trainers with a view to familiarizing them with the industry demands.