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ODL for Corporate Training (Abridged version)

Overcoming the stigma associated with TVET; comments given to a query in UNESCO's UNEVOC e-Forum

I wrote it in UNESCO's UNEVOC e-Forum today. Since it is a topic having general interest, I thought I should share it here as well.
Success stories would continue to be limited as long as TVET continues to be a watertight compartment. Stigmas take shape and grow strong when majority in a society holds anxiety towards something deep inside and which comes out as distaste, dislike or at least neutrality. If the grounds for such stigma is false, it will fade off. However, if it continues strong, it is an indication towards the existence of some concrete reasons.

In the case of TVET, compartmentalization is one of the basic reasons that triggers all other issues. If we have a clear academic vertical or horizontal mobility (with other systems) plan to offer to the students, the stigma will begin to wither.

Of course, in most places, TVET came into existence as a solution to provide a sufficient workforce for industrial development or as a solution for unemployment after higher educati…

Online Open Distance Learning; the future we deserve

Originally wrote in Appropedia and later appeared in the collaborative book titled “The Future We Deserve; 100 essays about the future  “ as fifty fifth essay in 2012. Since the topic continues to be increasingly relevant, I thought, I should share it here as well as in the case of the previous essay.

Development of formal classroom study setups are now in a saturated situation. In most places further development of infrastructure for conventional classroom learning, especially for higher education, is quite difficult. On the administrative side reasons are many like constraints of space, resources, etc. On the learners' and parents' side, nowadays, a majority of people do not have the financial health to spend a lifetime for education alone. In these tightening economic circumstances, work and study is the only principle that can keep higher education accessible to all who seek it. 
In the present educational set up, universities and educational institutions require very larg…

On the skill gap in TVET systems

This is a feedback given by me to a query on 'Skill Gap' in TVET systems in the UNESCO's UNEVOC online forum. Since skill development is a hot topic today, I thought I should share it here as well.
At the macro level, skill gap is the demand-supply gap of skilled manpower being faced by Industries. At the micro level, it is the gap between the skills acquired by a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduate and the skills required for specific job roles in the industries.

The above context requires that the skill gap study should start from listing out the job roles in the industry and the general standard of competencies required to carry out each function of a job role. As we are all aware of, in most cases, a job role will be a combination of many functions. A general practice, nowadays, is to list out the competencies for each such function and notify it as an 'Occupational Standard'. When we pack together such function-related 'Occupati…

A Healthy and Smiling Planet

This is an article I wrote in appropedia in 2012 and later published as 39th essay in the collaborative book titled "The Future We Deserve; 100 essays about the future"