To give a major boost to vocational education, University Grants Commission has taken a very good initiative on their part by launching Master’s degree in Vocational Education. Master’s Degree can be pursued on successful completion of B.Voc degree. Earlier in the year 2012, an undergraduate degree in higher education as part of the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF) was introduced.
The newly launched M.Voc degree program has been introduced by UGC in exercise of its powers under section 22 (3) of the UGC Act, 1956.
Nearly three years back when the undergraduate program was launched, it was made part of the college/university education which led to an award of Degree/Advanced Diploma/Diploma in the respective stream. At that time the scheme was introduced on the basis of the set rules and regulations as laid down in the NVEQF which was earlier known as National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF). It was designed as per the terms and conditions of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
K V Kale, Director of Board of College and University Development while talking about the new development at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University said, “introducing Master’s degree in vocational education would increase the level of certification at top level.” Further he added that “After seeking Bachelor’s degree, choice for doing Master’s degree becomes obvious for candidates. UGC specifying M.Voc would increase the level of certification in vocational education and create more expertise.”
Ravi Bhardwaj, educational lawyer presented his views that the step taken by UGC is worth appreciating as it would in the near future enhance the level of vocational educational sector in country. Students can obtain their Master’s degree in vocational sector and further as per their wish can do specialization in any trade. This is a kind of a specialization hierarchy, which is very common in our education system, like MD after MBBS, MBA after BBA.
What an amazing course: The course gives the option with multiple exit provisions because students obtain a diploma at the end of first year, an advanced diploma after two years and Bachelor’s degree after completing the course.
As per the reports of UGC, the institutes which are presently offering vocational courses receive a financial allocation of Rs 1.85 crore for a period of three years. Which means out of the total money, just by using Rs. 50 lakh so many things can be done like laboratories/workshops facilities, procurement of teaching and learning materials, machinery/equipment and renovation. Indeed the institutes will be offered Rs 75 lakh towards appointment of one associate professor and two assistant professors among other expenses.
S V Birajdar, principal of S B Science College said, “vocational courses have been finding growing takers among student community, and therefore M.Voc has become a need of the hour. These are job-oriented courses, which are preferred by students who cannot pursue professional courses such as engineering due to many constraints.”