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In a major boost to vocational education, the University Grants Commission (UGC), has introduced Master Degree in Vocational Education after B.Voc degree.
While three years back UGC had introduced B.Voc in higher education as a part of the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF).
As per UGC directives, institutes offering B.Voc courses receive a financial allocation of Rs 1.85 crore for a period of three years.
It includes a one-time start-up assistance of Rs. 50 lakh for setting up of laboratories/workshops facilities, procurement of teaching and learning materials, machinery/equipment and renovation. Besides, institutes will receive Rs 75 lakh towards appointment of one associate professor and two assistant professors among other expenses.
The UGC recently in exercise of its powers under section 22 (3) of the UGC Act, 1956 has specified M.Voc.
"After seeking Bachelor's degree, choice for doing Master's degree becomes obvious for candidates. The UGC specifying M.Voc would increase the level of certification in vocational education and create more expertise. The UGC move would strengthen the vocational education sector. Students can now achieve a Master's degree in vocational sector to have further specialization in their chosen trade," said K V Kale, director of Board of College and University Development at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University.
B.Voc courses have been started in many educational institutes in Maharashtra from the academic year 2014-15.