Students enrolled at the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF), an initiative by the central government that aimed at providing vocational training and skill-based learning, have tripled over the years and shown remarkable success in Goa. In the academic year, 2,068 students were enrolled for the NSQF; the number rose to 6,985 in the 2019-2020 session.
The programme seeks to impart skill-based and job-oriented lessons to the students.
“Goa is the only state to have introduced NSQF in government-aided schools. The programme is implemented through Goa Samagra Shiksha, an initiative of the education department and is not outsourced to any agency like in some other states,” comments Shambhu Ghadi, Director, Goa Education Department.
Presently NSQF is running in 79 government schools, 12 aided high schools, 23 aided schools and 9 government higher secondary schools. Initially, NSQF was only implemented in government high schools of rural Goa.
Under the programme, students are trained with the objective of developing relevant vocational skills which will enable them to bag jobs or embark on a journey of self-employment. Generally, the students become tech-savvy and equipped with extensive knowledge for IT/ITeS, automobile, healthcare, tourism and hospitality, agriculture, beauty and wellness, electronics and hardware, apparel, construction, media and entertainment, telecom and plumbing industries, stated an official.