UNESCO launched ‘2020 State of the Education Report for India: Vocational Education First’ focusing on technical and vocational education and training.
This year’s state of the education report focuses on technical and vocational education and training (TVET). The report highlights the progress and achievements and captures the intense activity around TVET provision that is currently ongoing, and on outlining the directions for future growth. The report supports the skill development program initiated by the government of India and prioritises skill development more than anything. The report highlights the current state of TVET and serves as a reference tool in order to help in the development of skill development programs in India.
According to the national policy of skill development and entrepreneurship’s 2015 report, India has been successful in walking towards their goal of creating a skilled workforce of about 110 million people by 2022. Almost around 10 million youths are being trained annually through a variety of schemes provided by the government.
The state of the education report has shed light on the present condition of TVET provisions through a combination of short-term and long-term courses along with all the educational institutions such as colleges, schools and universities. The report discussed previous education policies and the prioritization of TVET provisions as reflected in NEP 2020 along with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations.
The report concluded with a list of 10 suggestions or recommendations that should be adopted in order to achieve the desired results. The report has made strong recommendations towards preserving and promoting India’s vast reserves of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
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10 Recommendations by State of the Education Report for India
- Focus on upskilling, re-skilling and lifelong learning
- Work on Creating an appropriate ecosystem for teachers, trainers and assessors
- Expand evidence-based research for better planning and monitoring
- Establish a robust coordinating mechanism for inter-ministerial cooperation
- Place learners and their aspirations at the centre of vocational education and training programmes
- Support local communities in order to generate livelihoods by engaging in their preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage
- Improve in order to align better with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- Deploy innovative models of financing TVET.
- Focus on upskilling, re-skilling and lifelong learning.
- Massively expand the digitalization of vocational education and training.
The report has been created by experienced researchers under the complete guidance of UNESCO, New Delhi along with American India Foundation as its technical and financial partner.
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