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Towards integrating skills and education at school education level
According to the information was given in a written reply by the Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship R. K. Singh in the Lok Sabha, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has taken a number of initiatives towards integrating skills and education.

A release issued by the government states, "Under the scheme of Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, vocational education is provided to a large number of students in selected schools. Under this initiative, 9623 schools have been sanctioned across the country for integrating vocational education in general education from secondary class onwards."

Besides other things, the 'Academic Equivalence with 10th and 12th classes has been provided to ITI Students through National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) by means of credit transfer', while the 'long term training is provided through Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs).'

According to release, the NSDC has collaborated with MHRD for the following:

-Restructuring of BVOC by rolling out embedded apprenticeship under National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS). BVOC has multiple exits at Certificate, Diploma, Advance Diploma and Degree level. Through this, the employability of the general graduates is enhanced considerably as the student can have professional experience on the shop-floor, along with their graduation.

 -Graduate students passing out in the academic year 2018-2019 would be directly channelled into industry apprenticeship for a period of 6 months to one year depending on the sector chosen.  Such apprenticeship would be assessed as per the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) and a certificate at the appropriate NSQF level would be given to the successful students, apart from a monthly stipend depending on the location.

 -Under Skill India Mission, the Government is implementing various schemes for imparting employable skills to the youth through short term and long term training. MSDE is implementing a flagship scheme 'Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana' (PMKVY) to provide short term training to the youth across the country. As on 12.06.2019, a total of 52.12 lakh candidates have been trained under PMKVY. In addition, Ministry has also taken initiative to set up Model Skill Centres called Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKKs) in districts across the country.

The full text of the release can be seen at the PIB website.

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