MSDE and IGNOU join hands to bring higher education opportunities to skill India candidates

SRINAGAR: To further strengthen the vocational and technical training framework, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the linking vocational education and training to higher education for trainees attached to National Skill Training Institutes (NSTI), ITIs, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKK) and Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSS) for their upward mobility.
Under this MoU, 32 NSTIs, 3000+ ITIs, 500 PMKKs and nearly 300 JSS will be associated with IGNOU as Registration Centres, Examination Centres and Work Centres for hands-on training. Students will now get an opportunity to join the three-year degree programme of IGNOU and shall have easy access to attain higher education. There shall be a Project Steering Committee with representatives from both MSDE and IGNOU to monitor and review the progress under this partnership. The MoU is initially for a period of 10 years subject to renewal on mutual agreement. This MoU is in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goal 4.4 and the NEP 2020 for increasing GER in higher education, including vocational education to 50 % by 2035.
IGNOU Regional Director Srinagar Kashmir Dr Kamlesh Meena expressed his happiness about this initiative, which would enhance the skill abilities among the aspirants, who desire to seek admission in such courses. Under the MoU, the youths of Kashmir valley will also be benefited and will be able to attain higher education for better job opportunities and livelihoods. Dr Meena said that the aim of this MoU is to link vocational education and training with higher education, making India’s youth employable by creating avenues for them to access better work opportunities. According to the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, the trainees attached to the National Skill Training Institutes (NSTI), Industrial Training Institutes (ITI), Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKK).

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