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The Times of India |

AURANGABAD: Students can now opt for a Masters degree in Vocational education after completing their B.Voc degree. In a major boost to vocational education, the University Grants Commission (UGC), after introducing an undergraduate degree in the stream, has now specified a Master’s degree for it. Eligibility for M.Voc will be B.Voc. The UGC, around three years ago, had introduced B.Voc in higher education as a part of the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF). The vocational education was made part of college/university education, leading to award of Degree/Advanced Diploma/Diploma in the stream.The scheme was formulated on the guidelines spelt out in the NVEQF and the stipulations of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) later superseded NVEQF.
The UGC recently in exercise of its powers under section 22 (3) of the UGC Act, 1956 has specified M.Voc. Reacting on the development, K V Kale, director of Board of College and University Development at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, said introducing Master’s degree in vocational education would increase the level of certification at top level. “After seeking Bachelor’s degree, choice for doing Master’s degree becomes obvious for candidates. The UGC specifying M.Voc would increase the level of certification in vocational education and create more expertise,” he said. Ravi Bhardwaj, educational lawyer, said the UGC move would strengthen the vocational education sector. “Students can now achieve a Master’s degree in vocational sector to have further specialization in their chosen trade. This is a kind of a specialization hierarchy, which is very common in our education system, like MD after MBBS, MBA after BBA. This step also recognizes the need and importance of vocational education in transforming an economy,” he said. Considered as a ‘judicious mix’ of skills relating to a profession and appropriate content of general education, B.Voc courses have been started in many educational institutes in Maharashtra from the academic year 2014-15. These course offer students the option to opt for a three-year B.Voc courses with multiple exit provisions — a diploma at the end of first year and an advanced diploma after two years and Bachelor’s degree after completing complete course.

As per UGC directives, institutes offering B.Voc courses receive a financial allocation of Rs 1.85 crore for a period of three years. It includes a one-time start-up assistance of Rs. 50 lakh for setting up of laboratories/workshops facilities, procurement of teaching and learning materials, machinery/equipment and renovation. Besides, institutes will receive Rs 75 lakh towards appointment of one associate professor and two assistant professors among other expenses.  Such guidelines for running M.Voc courses are expected to be out soon. Speaking with ToI, S V Birajdar, principal of S B Science College, said vocational courses have been finding growing takers among student community, and therefore M.Voc has become a need of the hour. “These are job-oriented courses, which are preferred by students who cannot pursue professional courses such as engineering due to many constraints ,” he said.- Courtesy

UGC to roll out MVoc for vocational grads  :  | By Sandip Kolhatkar |

Experts, academicians hail move, say it will produce ‘industry ready’ students
The University Grants Commission (UGC), buoyed by the positive response to its Bachelor of Vocational (BVoc) course, is all set to launch a Master of Vocational (MVoc) degree soon. Already, industry experts and academicians are hailing the move, calling it an opportunity for vertical mobility. Wasudev Gade, vice-chancellor, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), said the MVoc degree may start from the next academic year. “The UGC had been processing the course and they’ve now announced it. Students currently pursuing BVoc and considering their post-graduation options would have the opportunity to do further in-depth studies in the subject of their choice,” Gade said. He added that the BVoc course has been operational in the state since the 2014-15 academic year, meaning the first batch is currently in its second year. “It’s certainly possible that the MVoc degree would be operational by the time time this batch finishes its graduation. The UGC will seek proposals from colleges again. Since the BVoc course is offered at SPPU, we will send a proposal for MVoc too,” he added.

The UGC had introduced BVoc three years ago, aiming to provide a judicious mix of skills regarding professional requirements, and to make students employable and industry-ready. It also sought proposals from colleges and varsities to apply for grants. In Pune, Fergusson College, Garware College and the SPPU received grants worth Rs 1.85 crore each. These institutes have set up domains in digital art and animation, software development, fashion technology, tourism and hospitality management, retail, food processing, renewable energy, jewellery design, gemology, post-harvest technology, etc. Educationists have lauded the move and say this will be good news for everybody concerned. “There are tremendous opportunities in the industry for skill resources. Courses like BVoc, designed in consultation with experts, are pro-industry and application-driven. The students are industry-ready upon graduation,” said Dr Pooja More, director of the skill development centre at SPPU. She added that students who take up both BVoc and MVoc would achieve further “upward mobility” in their respective industries.

Vijay Shirgurkar, head of business development at PV Energy Experts and a guest faculty of the varsity’s renewable energy course, said there are over 10,000 solar pumps on the anvil in the coming years. “There is a tremendous requirement of skilled resources in the field of renewable energy. With solar energy fast replacing LED electronics, there would also be a need for people with in-depth knowledge and expertise on the subject.” Ravi Bhardwaj, a senior lawyer dealing with higher education, said, “The introduction of a masters degree in vocational education will strengthen the entire sector. It would also allow students who’ve finished a bachelors course, to pursue a further specialisation in their chosen trade.”
LIST OF BVOC COURSES AT SPPU
Renewable energy, fashion technology, food processing, interior designing, jewellery designing, gemology, media and communications, digital art and animation . █ Courses like BVoc, designed in consultation with experts, are positive and application-driven, resulting in industry-ready students :  – POOJA MORE, DIRECTOR, SKILL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, SPPU, Courtesy


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