In a major boost to Vocational Education, UGC following the introduction of Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Education [B.Voc], has now specified Master’s Degree in Vocational Education.
Earlier, in the year 2012, under the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework / National Skill Qualification Framework, UGC had specified Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Education paving way to pursue degree course in different trades. UGC also from time to invites proposal for conducting various courses under B.Voc. Programmes in different skill based trades.
UGC recently in exercise of its powers under section 22  of the UGC Act, 1956 has specified a new Degree, Master in Vocational Education [M.Voc.]. The Gazette Notification dated 23rd July 2015, which amends the earlier Gazette published on 5th July 2014 regarding specification of degree introduces a 2 year Master’s Course in Vocational Education. UGC has also specified that entry eligibility for this Master’s Course shall be Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Education.
Indian Government has taken several intitiatives in recent times to boost the skill sector by introducing National Skill Development Mission, National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) scheme and the Skill Loan scheme.
The introduction of Master’s Degree in Vocational Education will strengthen the vocational education sector and will allow the students having achieved bachelor’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.
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