A quality delivery of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) that addresses economic progress and at the same time ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come, were the focal points of sharing for the Regional Program and International Seminar held in Kolkata, India from October 24 to 28, 2017. The Regional Program on “Quality and Sustainable TVET” and the International Seminar on “Skills in TVET for Sustainability” were organized by the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) in partnership with the National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTR), Kolkata.
The program convened member country representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines and Sri Lanka who were composed mainly of principals, deputy directors and policy and planning officials. A total of 18 participants attended the regional program while 56 attendees were present during the seminar.
The program provided the participants with learnings on: the various approaches and innovations on NVQs implemented by the member countries; the need and importance of standards, quality and accreditation relative to the national, regional and global labor market; APACC accreditation as a continuous improvement approach to organizational excellence in TVET; best practices in TVET and discuss possibilities of realigning TVET skills towards a more sustainable approach.
In his Opening Address, The CPSC Director General, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane underscored the need for a TVET delivery that does not only aspire for gainful employment but also ensures sustainable future for generations to come in support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the UN. As CPSC advocates for a Green Campus and supports SD efforts, Dr. Lamichhane underscored the relevance and strong advocacy of such Regional Program and International Seminar held in Kolkata.
The Director of NITTTR, Kolkata, Prof. Dr. Phalguni Gupta, on the other hand, expressed his immense pride on behalf of his team in hosting the year’s Regional Program in the country. He welcomed the different member country delegates and the CPSC team with a promise of a full-packed learning experience not only on quality and sustainable TVET but as well of a diverse cultural showcase.
Dr. Lamichhane provided a Special Lecture on Changing Labor Market Demands and Education Priorities in the Asia Pacific Region and the Trends Towards the Vocationalization of Education. Prof. Urmila Kar, Professor, Education and Management, NITTTR shared her insights on “Organizational Sustainability in TVET: What is it and Why it Does Matter?” Dr. Habiba Hussain, Assistant Professor, Education and Management, NITTTR imparted her knowledge on Enhancing Responsiveness of TVET for Sustainable Future. Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC Faculty Consultant & Chairman of ICT Division highlighted the need for quality delivery of TVET through his presentation on “Enhancing Image and Sustainability of TVET”.
Shri Madhu Ranjan Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, Government of India graced the inaugural ceremonies of the International Seminar and officially signaled the beginning of the seminar by lighting of the lamp (panas). He congratulated NITTTR, Kolkata for pulling through such a big program attended by international delegates. The Joint Secretary commended Director Gupta for heeding the call for and taking action towards the ”Skill India Campaign” of India’s Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through such program collaboration with CPSC.
The International Seminar achieved its aims and objectives through inputs from Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), India; Mr. Ketul Acharya, Chief Operating Officer and Group Head for Skills Business IL&FS Skills Development Corporation (IL&FS Skills), Dr. Vinay Kumar Dadhwal, Director, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) and International delegates.
Panel Discussions also highlighted issues on challenges and sustainability of TVET through the panelists namely: Prof. Veerendra Kumar, Director, Directorate of Technical Education, Madhya Pradesh, Mr. K. Zolingdiana, Joint Director, Department of Higher & Technical Education, Mizoram; Prof. Dr. Sudhindra N. Panda, Director, NITTTR, Chennai; Prof. Gupta and Dr. G. K. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Lamichhane.
The participants had the chance to witness the best practices of the Hyundai Professional Development Center of the Dr. Sudhir Chandra Sur Degree Engineering College. The center boasted of state-of-the art training laboratory with automobile learning equipment and other related facilities. The College presented their achievements and activities which include producing world-class workers.