Highlights from the Consultative Meeting at BSDU Jaipur

In the backdrop of the emerging changes and new opportunities in the Indian Universities offering vocational courses, Bhartiya Skill Development University (BSDU) Jaipur in collaboration with Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), organized a  2-day consultative meeting at Jaipur on the 10th and 11th November 2022. The objective of the meeting was to validate and enhance the curriculum and pedagogy for vocational educators of higher education that could be developed as an open courseware that prepares the faculties to make a transition to vocational education.

The proceedings were conducted by Dr. Rajdeep Deb, Principal, School of Entrepreneurship Skills, BSDU, and Mr. Saurabh Mishra, Programme Officer, CEMCA.

Dr. B. Shadrach – Director CEMCA and Dr. Sandeep Kumar Tomar – Registrar, BSDU initiated the discussions on various aspects of the curriculum and the need for an online learning module in vocational teacher education in Indian universities. The inaugural session was graced by Mr. Jayant Joshi, Chief Functionary, RUJCT, Sponsoring body of BSDU Jaipur.

With high-level guidance from Dr. Stephen Billet, Professor, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, the draft curriculum was reviewed by experts representing different skill universities and higher education institutions offering skill courses in India.

While reviewing the curriculum and pedagogy the experts deliberated on a host of issues viz. flexible Degree courses in a work-integrated format; Pedagogical differences between general education and vocational education; NSQF levels; NCVET approved curriculum; teacher education course content, Teaching methodologies; Transitioning from being a traditional teacher to a vocational facilitator; Usage of digital tools and technology; etc.

Day one of the deliberation is concluded with the felicitation ceremony of the experts followed by the networking dinner organized by CEMCA and BSDU Jaipur.

Photo: Felicitation ceremony of the experts

Post- meeting the participants had an opportunity to explore the BSDU campus facilities, particularly the state-of-the-art facilities for practical training in Manufacturing, Healthcare, Hospitality, Woodworking, Robotics, and more.