NIOS to conduct a special examination for ITI pass out trainees on 10th-11th December to initiate implementation of NIOS-MSDE MoU

New Delhi : A meeting under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy was conducted to discuss the detailing of implementation plan for MoU signed between DGT and NIOS.

MSDE has signed this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Institute of Open Schooling an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Human Resource and Development. This partnership has been done to create vertical and horizontal mobility pathways between the formal and vocational education streams, giving ITI graduates the opportunity to pursue formal education, if they choose to do so.

This will put in place a system of academic equivalence to ITI qualification thereby opening options to meet aspirations of those candidates of ITI system who want to attain higher academic qualification in addition to their skills.

It was discussed in the meeting that NIOS will conduct special examination for ITI pass out trainees on 10th – 11TH December, 2016 to initiate implementation of the MoU. The examination will be advertised for wide publicity at national level jointly by NIOS and MSDE.

DGT will take initiative to develop its 26 Central Field Institutes (CFI) across the country as NIOS Study & Examination centres. The Directors / Principals of the CFIs will be sensitized about the process through workshop conducted by NIOS, preferably at NVTI, Noida.

The Directors / Principals of the CFIs shall ensure minimum 80% enrolment of trainees from their respective institutes for the examination. In addition, two options were explored –

a)      Existing students in the ITIs should be able to be a part of this system and their examinations shall be conducted along with All India Trade Tests (AITT). Joint guidelines shall be prepared.

b)      For already passed out trainees, NIOS shall conduct examination twice a year (in April & November) as per its own schedule.

Hon’ble Minister Shri Rudy desired that a system be created wherein the ITI trainees shall study the curricula for NIOS subjects during his / her training at an ITI and can appear along with AITT. He emphasized that the system be institutionalized so that the process becomes in-sync with the ITI system and becomes a continuous exercise thereby.

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