With a view to propose Common Entrance Test to popularize B.Voc. Courses amongst potential students, Bhartiya Skill Development University (BSDU), Jaipur organized third Association of Indian Skill Universities (AISU) meeting. The participants included Mr. Jayant Joshi, President, Rajendra and Ursula Joshi Charitable Trust (RUJCT); Brig (Dr.) Surjit Pabla, President AISU and Vice Chancellor of Bhartiya Skill Development University (BSDU); Dr. Anurag, Pro-VC, Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM); Mr. Vikrant Pande, Provost (VC), TeamLease Skills University (TLU); Mr. Abhishek Pandit (Rabindra Nath Tagore University Bhopal).
The suggestions and recommendations on norms for skill universities submitted to the government after the second AISU meeting at HVSU Gurugram, were discussed and their progress communicated. The members also suggested that Skill University’s territorial jurisdiction limit needs to be looked at where skill universities should be allowed to facilitate apprenticeships to the students in other states to help them have on-the-job training.
Recommending Common Entrance test for B.Voc, Brig. (Dr.) Surjit Singh Pabla, President AISU and Vice Chancellor of Bhartiya Skill Development University said, “We suggest that for all Skill Universities, a common entrance test must be incorporated in order to professionalize B.Voc. Courses. This common entrance test would help us in getting quality students from the entire Country and just like IITs, it would benefit students applying from country-wide by allowing them to choose amongst the best of Skill Universities.”
While addressing the members of AISU, Mr. Jayant Joshi, President, Rajendra and Ursula Joshi Charitable Trust (RUJCT) said, “AISU is expecting a positive response from UGC and MSDE regarding the recommendations and the proposals on live virtual classes as an alternate mode of learning and admission criteria to the skill universities. UGC is likely to prepare guidelines and norms for skill universities where the recommendations of AISU are likely to be considered.”
Also, AISU has taken up with MSDE, the suggestion to assist students with education loans for B.Voc and M.Voc courses and the provision for stipend to these students has also been proposed which MSDE has agreed to consider.