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NSDC plans to adopt Swiss vocational education model

National
Skill Development Council is planning to adopt the Swiss model of vocational
education and training in India. A pilot project of the same was implemented in
Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa in partnership with SkillSonics –  a Bangalore-based company that specialises in
imparting training in the engineering sector.

The
initiative has trained 150 apprentices in mechanical, production and technician
skills. The State industrial training institutes and companies such as ABB and
ACC lent their support in this venture. Plans are on to launch similar courses
in food processing, ICT, hospitality and pharmaceuticals verticals.

“NSDC is
in talks with SkillSonics to accelerate the adoption of the Swiss model across
the country,” said Dileep Chenoy, CEO and Managing Director, NSDC.

However,
how  successful this model will be in a
populous country like India is still a question, “While this model easily works
in a small country like Switzerland, in India one needs to keep in mind issues
of massive numbers and scalability,” said S. Mahalingam, CII Council on Skill
Development and CFO, Tata Consultancy Services.

As per the
Swiss model, the school students are encouraged to pursue apprenticeship in any
chosen vocational field so that they are industry-ready when they graduate.
After schooling, students in Switzerland can choose from 240 vocations and, at
a later stage, from 400 professional education training options. Vocational
education diploma holders are well trained and productive from day one as they
are fully skilled in the production environment; they can even pursue higher
education at a later stage.

[Source: Hindu Business Line]

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