NIOS in collaboration with Open Polytechnic of New Zealand has organized a one day Symposium on Flexible Models in skill Development on 17th October, 2012.
Mr. Steven Joyce, Hon'ble Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills, New Zealand, Sh. Kapil Sibal, Hon'ble Human Resource Developemnt Minister, Govt. of India and Dr. (Smt.) D. Purandeswari, Minister of State, Human Resource Development, Govt. of India have inaugurated the Symposium on 17th October, 2012 at 10:00 AM
The theme on Flexible models for skills development focuses on the shared interest between NIOS and the Open Polytechnic i.e. vocational education by distance. The symposium aimed to draw on the experience of India and New Zealand to understand flexible models for skills development that could enable India to meet its up skilling challenges over the next decades.
The institutions imparting vocational and technical education need to employ variety of strategies and techniques for teaching specialised as well as generic and soft skills. Since most of these skills cannot be learned through only reading books and within four walls of classrooms, hence , there is need to develop a flexible models of skill training which can offer wider choice and more flexibility based on the principles of adult learning in a workshop based situation in alignment with the industry partners. This would not only make education relevant, inclusive and creative, but would also link education with livelihood.