The Karnataka government will soon impart skills to students in 100 schools across the state under the centrally sponsored scheme of vocational training in secondary education. The scheme funded by the central and state governments, will be operating under the national vocational educational qualifications framework to certify school students in vocational skills. It will make students of classes' 9 to 11 employable after they complete their secondary education.
The Karnataka state education department stated that they have signed an agreement with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to implement the revised scheme across 100 schools in five trades. "We hope to deliver standard training modules for harnessing skills of students at school level so that they are trained and made employable at a young age. We see huge potential in the youth of Karnataka in learning the vocational skills for a better future," says Rajiv Mathur, Principal, NSDC.
The corporation has recently disclosed the standard training assessment and reward scheme. This will monetarily help those who are keen to acquire a new skill or upgrade their skills to a higher level. The financial aid will be given to those students certified by assessors for the skills acquired in vocational trades such as carpentry, operating lathe machines, electrical fittings, plumbing and tailoring.
Set up by the Union finance ministry in 2010 under the public-private partnership with 51 percent equity held by private sector and 49 percent by the central government, the not-for-profit corporation has 26 sector skill councils and 104 training partners, with 2,500 training centers in 400 districts across the country. The corporation has been mandated to impart vocational skills to about 150 million youth across the country by 2022.