New Delhi: The efforts of the Central government engaged in bringing about a revolutionary change in the vocational education system from schools to universities since last two years will now bear fruit in the next academic session 2012. Meanwhile, the government has also declared to start a professional course in agriculture within two years.

Though the polytechnic and engineering colleges were ready to introduce professional courses, academic courses are still in the pipeline leading to the delay in realising the idea. 

With the completion of preparations to begin vocational courses in polytechnic and engineering colleges, Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal launched the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF) on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion, Sibal said, “The programme is to provide professional certificate, diploma and degree from class IX to university level, but for the time being, academic courses have been prepared merely for polytechnic and engineering colleges.”

He assured to begin the courses at all levels before 2012 academic season.

He emphasised on the purpose of the programme to enable students to get employment soon after completing their intermediate education on the basis of the vocational course. He also advocated the professional course in farming to fall under the purview of the NVEQF and announced its commencement in academic session 2013.

However, the vocational education to begin from class IX onwards is currently limited to the pilot project running in Haryana and West Bengal. It is said that along with drawing from the experiences, the course will be introduced by 2012.

On the occasion, Prof SS Mantha, Chairman, AICTE assured that all the institutes imparting vocational education under the NVEQF will be recognised by the government; hence no questions will be raised on their credibility.