New Delhi: In order to develop individual’s skills and give boost to their talent, on the lines of arts, commerce and science, the Centre is gearing up to introduce vocational education as a separate study course in India. Ministry of Human Resource Development is now mulling to develop the National Vocational Education policy framework to create more employment opportunities in the country.

The draft letter of the proposal will get a final nod after the Education Ministers Panel and National Education Advisory Council (NEAC) congregation next week.

The ministry after getting the approval will commence a separate course for students from ninth standard onwards and will award graduate, post graduate and doctorate degrees on similar lines.

The step was initiated to meet the demands of globalization, competition and knowledge worldwide. Earlier, the Government of India asked for a report from the Human development Unit of South East Asia working under the World Bank in 2006.

To work on the lines, a committee comprising of Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana and Assam education ministers has been constituted.

According to P Shahi, Bihar’s Human Resource Minister, the state has already established a State Open School to impart vocational courses for those youth who are looking out for opportunities to start business.

“The programme will be set up in Bihar with the help of National Skill Development Corporation who will be coming to the state next year for signing the MoU”, he added.

JPN/Bureau