The Union HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani at the outset while introducing the topic of discussion welcomed the members attending the Parliamentary Consultative Committee Meeting which was the first HRD Consultative Committee Meeting to be held after the formation of the new Government. Ministers of State for HRD, Shri Upendra Kushwaha and Shri Ram Shankar Katheria also attended the Committee meeting.
The Meeting emphasised the need to remove the tag of inferior stream for vocation. The main points of discussion were; need for formal certification of providers of vocational services; promoting lateral and vertical mobility as an effort to integrate skill and vocational development with main stream general education; credit framework for seamless integration of pursuit academic knowledge and practical vocational skills.
Many other initiatives were also taken up for discussion; National Employability Enhancement Mission (NEEM); setting up of Sector Skill Councils in the field of education; Community College Scheme; Choice based system; Credit Framework of NSQF (National Skill Qualification Framework); and Skills Assessment Matrix for Vocational Advancement of Youth (SAMVAY).
The Members of Parliament expressed their appreciation on the steps taken by the Ministry of Human Resource Development towards skill development in Higher Education. They also expressed their concern on the quality of Higher Education and Employability in our country.
Also present at the Meeting from HRD Ministry were Secretary Higher Education Shri Satya N Mohanty, Additional Secretary, Shri Amarjeet Sinha, Additional Secretary, Ms. Vrinda Sarup, and many other senior officials of the Ministry. The AICTE Chairman Shri Mantha and the UGC Chairman, Prof. Ved Prakash were also present on the occasion.
Some Members of Parliament who are Members of this Committee also participated in the discussion.