AISECT, the national leader in vocational education and skill development space, is now offering a 3-year Bachelors in Vocation (B.Voc.) degree program. Built on a combination of Practical, Theoretical and Generic course curriculum, this course is specifically designed to engage students in on-the-job training at real shop-floor of the IT & ITeS industry alongside classroom theoretical training. The basic eligibility criteria for pursuing AISECT’s B. Voc. degree program is a successful completion of the Senior Secondary level of education from any recognized educational board in India.
Given that India is world’s fastest growing big economy, it will require a large aptly trained workforce to feed this progress. At such a time, skill development and vocational education have become more relevant than ever. This course is specially meant for students looking to enhance their employability & employment prospects. It helps such students in learning, earning and growing professionally.
The industries these days expect new employees to possess some practical skills in reference to their job profile. Our existing higher education curriculum lacks an appropriate practical approach to education. Therefore, this course has been introduced by the University Grants Commission to cater to this need of businesses as well as youths.
The course helps in ensuring that students have adequate skills, are work ready and have higher employability, making them a part of the global skilled workforce. Its curriculum offers a distinct amalgamation of vocational & business management ideas. Field visits, internships, guest lectures from industry experts and experimental as well as experiential learning are some of the regular parts of its curriculum. Moreover, the course mandates all the students to undergo industrial training or projects for a minimum of 4 to 8 weeks in every semester apart from the regular course curriculum.
This three-year program is divided into 6 semesters; with 2 semesters per year. The 1st two years of this program are in line with the Community College framework of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The unique proposition about the B. Voc. comes from the fact that it provides flexibility to the students by means of pre-defined entry and multiple exit points – students can leave at the end of first year with a Diploma, at the end of second year with an Advanced Diploma or at the end of three years with a Degree, with corresponding National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) grades of Level 5 for Diploma, Level 6 for Advance Diploma and Level 7 for Degree.
All the trainers at AISECT are well-prepared to deliver and have been selected post a rigorous screening process; their appointment is completed only if the Centre of Excellence (COE) members are unequivocally satisfied by their performance in interviews.
Also, the curriculum of AISECT’s B. Voc. is crafted in lines with National Occupational Standards (NOSs) of specific job roles across the industries. This enables the students to meet the learning outcomes specified in the NOSs. Moreover, through this ‘Earn while you Learn’ approach model, the trainees can earn a modest stipend during their on-the-job duration of the course.
Response from students
Even though the pilot B. Voc. batch has been instituted in this year itself, AISECT is already receiving a phenomenal response from students all over the country. Being a nation-wide NSQF project partner for training school students till level 4, AISECT is garnering a lot of interest from students who are eager to pursue Level 5, 6 and 7 in vocational education. Most of these students are actively enrolling in AISECT’s B. Voc. in Software Development course.
This reinstates our belief that vocational education will have a uniform acceptance in a few years time and will considerably help in solving our youth’s employability woes.
Author: Sudeep Sharma, Academic Coordinator, IT & Management, Content Group, AISECT, Bhopal
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