The skills development ministry on Tuesday issued guidelines for awarding bodies, which set the standards for various skill training, and assessment agencies, which evaluate learning outcomes, so as to improve and standardise processes of skilling and certification under Skill India Mission.
These guidelines under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) will strengthen regulation of bodies that certify a skilled candidate across sectors and help create a vibrant policy framework to transform the skilling network in the country, skills development minister Mahendra Nath Pandey said.
“With this dynamic and outcome-focused document, we will be able to bring in positive reforms in both short term and long term skilling endeavours,” he said.
NCEVT will soon come up with a monitoring mechanism to ensure successful implementation of these guidelines, officials said.
As per the guidelines, assessment agencies will be recognised under five categories – standard, dual, sectoral, geographical, and for vocational education in schools.
An agency will be recognised for an initial period of three years and the recognition will be renewed for another two years based on its performance and adherence to the continuation criteria.
Applying agencies should have three years of experience (inclusive of the year of application) and must have conducted at least 100,000 assessments in a year. The criteria, however, would be relaxed for government bodies and other institutions operating in niche areas.
However, in the absence of adequate regulatory oversight, numerous stakeholders had been offering training programmes of varying standards with multiplicity in assessment and certification systems which are not comparable, with serious consequences for the vocational training system and thus the employability of the country’s youth.
Consequently, the government had in 2018 set up skills regulator NCVET as a non-statutory regulatory authority under the skill development and entrepreneurship ministry. The erstwhile National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and National Skills Development Agency (NSDA) have been merged into NCVET.