Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF), to be implemented from 2013-14. The scheme will be implemented in educational systems throughout schools, colleges, polytechnics and universities starting from Class IX onwards.
Through NVEQF, Ministry aims to develop the skills and competencies of students opting for vocational courses. Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked its affiliated schools to offer as an additional compulsory subject by rationalising the existing content for classes IX and X, on pilot basis.
Under the NVEQF, various domains have been identified for implementation in schools starting from class IX from the session 2013-14, which includes retail, security, information technology and automobile technology, reported Times of India.
Under pilot programme, 42 school affiliated with CBSE have introduced these courses from the academic session 2012-13. The competency based curriculum package would consist of syllabus, student manual, trainers guide, training manual, teacher qualifications and multimedia packages and e-material to facilitate the successful implementation of the courses.