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CBSE-like board on cards for skills training standard

New Delhi: The government is working to set up an examination board to benchmark vocational training in the country as it seeks to bring skill development in line with international standards. The labor and employment ministry is framing the structure and role of the proposed board, drawing from the experience of the Central Board of Secondary Education, which sets the curriculum, conducts examinations and regulates the quality of secondary education in the country.

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"Examination system is most critical to benchmark skilled and semi-skilled workers against the best in the world," a senior official of the ministry told."We plan to set up a separate examination board to make the entire process more transparent, robust and match the international standards for vocational training, and eventually enroll youths in the Skill Development Initiative."

Once the central board is in place, it would be entrusted with the responsibility to decide on curriculum, mode of examination and certification at different levels of training. In his budget speech, finance minister Arun Jaitley had announced a new national programme, called Skill India, to impart employability and entrepreneurship skills to youth by merging various schemes from across ministries. India has the world's youngest workforce with over 12 million new entrants in the labour market every year but it is short on skills as only 2.5 per cent of the employees have any certified abilities.

As a result, the country's demographic dividend has not materialized because industry is unable to find employable workers, a situation that could lead to socio-economic unrest if youth remain unemployed and have no training avenues. The labor ministry has already introduced the semester system of examination to avoid negligence both on the part of teachers and students, majority of whom had been enrolling themselves only towards the end of the courses. Besides, it has made re-affiliation of trades compulsory every five year, revamped curriculum and provided rigorous training to principals and teachers to professionalize the exam system, along with introducing flexi MoUs for employers to decide on the kind of skills needed.

Source: The Economic Times

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