27 Jun Vocational Education by Prof. Trupti Mistry
We all have been arguing or having multiple discussions on how important education is for each and every individual. Amidst all of this, one really needs to ask whether one is able to deliver the education with the importance it comes with it. Multiple international Development Bodies like, UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisations) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) work towards improving the standard and quality of education every year. However, the feedback received from the industry shows how many skills students lack, hence, resulting in lack of competence.
Pertaining to the Indian education system, it is observed that many institutions and universities offer generic course outline for a period of 2 or 3 years. But very few offer specialised courses which help both, the educators and the students’ in the long run with respect to getting industry ready. The concept of Vocational education has a very slow pace in India and those offering, again have a very generic or general curriculum designed. The need of specialised curriculum and the preparation that comes with it is clearly lacking which is a downturn for many of the students today.
Skill Development is a process which is required to start from the very beginning and should be imparted during school days. Developing a skill or furnishing the acquired skill takes time and practice, especially, with the current requirement the industry asks for. Vocational education needs to offer to the students in schools which will help them and their parents to understand their liking in the particular field and help them in turn to choose a right career option.
Many of the students today are in confused state and base their decision on the current market job requirements and end up either changing their streams or look out for another options. If specialised subjects or a curriculum is imbibed in them right from the start, students are much relaxed and can make an informed decision. The curriculum offered to our students is theoretical and conceptual which does have 25% of significance when the students step in the industry for work. But, not to forget a major chunk of 75% relies heavily on practicality and this will be achieved only when the design of the curriculum changes.
Course Architecture plays a very important role in the success of vocational education and skill which helps in building the future of a student. The current scenario showcases a complete mismatch between what the industry expects and what the educational institutes’ offers. This error needs to be rectified. Students’ must understand the theory but they should also be well-versed in understanding and applying the knowledge they attain through theory into their daily practical activities at work. Need for skill development, a boost in confidence, work on verbal and non-verbal communication etc., all of these criteria are to be kept in mind before a course is offered to a student.
For building a bright future and a career of a student, more focus on vocational education is to be given.