The New Education Policy 2020 has ushered in innovative approaches to learning by adding job-oriented and job-linked inputs in the school curriculum by the Central Board of Secondary Education. To take stock of the current status of teaching and learning of skills in CBSE schools, the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and CBSE have entered into a collaboration to evaluate the goals, objectives, and delivery mechanisms of how CBSE schools currently teach vocational skills.
NCAER and CBSE signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide a framework for this initiative. The session hosted a presentation by the National Skill Development Council (NSDC) on their latest Skill Development Priority Index Report, which identifies priority regions in India in the needs for skill development. Based on indices of population, industry, labour supply and school and vocational education, the NSDC’s index is a guide for prioritising skilling development interventions and promoting new initiatives in the skilling space.
Senior government officials Praveen Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Anita Karwal, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Manoj Ahuja, Chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and Biswajit Saha, Director, CBSE joined the proceedings. The session was moderated by K P Krishnan, IEPF Chair Professor, NCAER.