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December 06, 2018

MSDE Notification on Constitution of National Council for Vocational Education and Training


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Skill-development

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship issued a Notification on December 5 regarding the constitution of a Council called the National Council for Vocational Education and Training.

The Notification states:

In pursuance of the decision of the Cabinet in its meeting held on October 10, 2018, the National Council for Vocational Education and Training is hereby notified as follows:

(a) The National Council for Vocational Education and Training constituted under paragraph 2 will subsume the existing National Council for Vocational Training and the National Skill Development Agency.

(b) The National Council for Vocational Education and Training shall be entrusted with the development, qualitative improvement and regulation of vocational education and training, for granting recognition to and monitoring the functioning of awarding bodies, assessment agencies, skill information providers, and training bodies, and to perform other incidental functions as specified in this Resolution.

Functions of the Council are as follows:

(1) The Council shall:

• recognize, monitor, discipline and de-recognize awarding bodies;

• recognize, monitor, discipline and de-recognize assessment agencies;

• recognize, monitor, discipline and de-recognize skill related information providers;

• recognize Skills Universities as a separate category of bodies for providing advanced vocational education and training programs and conducting research and development in skill education and training;

• create and monitor, a system of redressing grievances against recognized bodies;

• frame guidelines for the approval of qualification packages, and approve qualification packages in the manner set out in such guidelines;

• frame guidelines for the conditions of recognition and functioning of awarding bodies, including their roles and responsibilities with respect to training bodies, consumer of such services, and assessment agencies and consequences for violations of such conditions;

• frame guidelines for training and certification of trainers by awarding bodies;

• frame guidelines for the conditions of recognition and functioning of assessment agencies, including their roles and responsibilities with respect to training bodies, consumer of such services, and awarding bodies and consequences for violations of such conditions;

• frame guidelines for the conditions of recognition and functioning of skill related information providers, including their roles and responsibilities with respect to consumer of such services and consequences for violations of such conditions;

• frame broad guidelines, in consultation with the Central Government, to lay down basic minimum standards or norms for recognition as Skills University;

• frame guidelines, if required, for the manner in which fees and charges that recognized bodies may impose on consumer of such services should be determined, and the adequate disclosure of fees and charges levied by recognized bodies;

• enter into agreements with awarding bodies, assessment agencies and skill related information providers in order to enforce the conditions of recognition and ensure their functioning in compliance with guidelines framed by the Council;

• disseminate information regarding awarding bodies, assessment agencies, training bodies and their activities pursuant to the agreement granting recognition;

• frame guidelines regarding the protection of personal information of trainees by recognized bodies and the proper means of disclosure as per the agreements granting recognition;

• frame guidelines and bye-laws for the protection of commercially sensitive information of recognized bodies;

• allow recognized awarding bodies, assessment agencies and training bodies to use the Council’s logo and name in the manner to be set out in guidelines framed by the Council;

• disseminate information regarding the role and activities of the Council and the use of its name and logo;

• seek necessary information from recognized bodies, and have regular audits and inspections of their activities conducted to ensure their compliance with conditions of recognition and general functioning imposed by the Council; and

• take all such steps as may be necessary or convenient for, or may be incidental to exercise of any power or the discharge of any function conferred or imposed on it by this Resolution.

(2) The Council may, in agreements to be entered with awarding bodies, create rights and obligations for training bodies as a condition of recognition of awarding bodies.

(3) The Council may, while giving recognition to any Skills University, allow it to carry out the same functions as a recognized awarding body, a training body, and a recognized assessment agency, subject to the provisions of this Resolution.

The Notification provides detailed information on establishment of national council for vocational education and training, the general body and advisory committees, functions of recognized bodies, fund, among others.

To view the entire Official Notification in detail, please view the file attached herein.

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