Master’s Programme in Vocational Education announced by UGC
University Grant Commission (UGC) has introduced master’s programme in vocational education to give a thrust to vocational education. Students will now be able to opt for a master’s degree in vocational education after pursuing their Bachelors of Vocation degree.
B.Voc. Programme was introduced by UGC around 3 years ago as a part of the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF) and now it has announced master’s degree in in the same field.
K V Kale, Director, Board of College and University Development at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, said, "After seeking Bachelor's degree, choice for doing Master's degree becomes obvious for candidates. The UGC specifying M.Voc would increase the level of certification in vocational education and create more expertise. The UGC move would strengthen the vocational education sector. Students can now achieve a Master's degree in vocational sector to have further specialization in their chosen trade."
According to the UGC officials, a financial assistance of INR 1.85 crores will be allocated to the institutes offering Bachelor of Vocation course. M.Voc. in higher education has been introduced by UGC under section 22 (3) of the UGC Act, 1956.