Cabinet approves merger of skilling institutes

The Union Cabinet on Wednesdaty approved the merger of two regulatory institutions into the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) in order to improve skilling standards and the market relevance of skill development programmes.

The National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) will be merged into the NCVET, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the media.

“The NCVET’s main objective will be to improve standards of skilling in the country,” he said.

The NCVET will regulate the functioning of entities engaged in vocational education and training, both long- and short-term, and establish minimum standards for the functioning of such entities.

The primary functions of the NCVET will include recognition and regulation of awarding bodies, assessment bodies and skill-related information providers, and approval of qualifications developed by awarding bodies and Sector Skill Councils.

The Minister said there was a great demand globally for skilled workforce from India. He said there was a need for digital skilling as well.

Prasad said that 14,000 accredited industrial training institutes and 13,000 other (non-accredited) centres in the country needed “regulatory oversight”.

The new council will lend credibility to vocational education and training, encouraging greater private investment and employer