On Teachers’ Day, the Department of Secondary Education and the UP Government Skills Development Mission signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday to implement a program under which 21,000 Students in grades 9 and 11 will receive vocational training in eight different sectors, including agriculture. , clothing, automotive, beauty and wellness, IT-Ites, physical education, electrical and retail. It aims to provide employment-oriented vocational training alongside university education.
Project Praveen – Project to Strengthen Academic Excellence through Vocational Education and Entrepreneurship – will be implemented in public schools in 75 districts across the state.
According to the MoU, the goal is to initially train 280 students per district over a two-year period. One private training partner will be hired per school – 140 boys’ high school students and 140 girls’ high school students, an official said, adding that the students will receive 200 hours of vocational training in 15 months.
“Now learning skills can be part of the universal university curriculum with secondary education certificates as well as a skills development certificate,” an official said.
According to the official, the program will be implemented on a pilot basis in 206 schools including 56 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas in the state during the current session. “If the experiment is successful, the program will be rolled out to all state government secondary schools from the next session,” the official added.
During the program, the Department of Secondary Education will be responsible for ensuring the attendance of students and trainers and informing the Skills Development Mission of attendance. A nodal officer will be appointed in each school for supervision. Monitoring and supervision by nodal officers will also be carried out at district headquarters, division headquarters and state government.
The skills development mission will equip the classrooms and provide the necessary equipment and trainers through Private Training Partner (PTP). The Mission will also conduct an examination after the vocational training program is completed and provide the certificate to the students, the official said.