Sibal asks open school to provide vocational trainingBy IANS
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
NEW DELHI - Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Tuesday urged the National Institute of Open Schooling to look at providing vocational training to students.
Chairing the 19th general body meeting of the NIOS Society here, he asked NIOS to look at starting a vocational degree in addition to their normal class XII degree.
“Skills education with an element of formal education can be the basis for this vocational degree in Class XII. The architecture of the programme could be such that a student can move back from vocational educational to the normal schooling degree if he wants to,” Sibal said.
He also advised NIOS to have a special strategy for states that need the maximum support.
The minister asked the NIOS to create twice the number of centres in the states with poor record in education, a ministry official said.
The NIOS is an autonomous institution formed by the HRD ministry providing formal education through open schooling system.