Bachelor of Vocation (B.Voc.) is a three-year undergraduate degree course, available in several fields for students who have completed their 12th standard or equivalent.
The University Grants Commission (UGC), in 2013, introduced Bachelor of Vocation, commonly known as B.Voc degree programme with multiple entry and exit points, which can be understood as after completing one year if the student opts for the exit, he/she is awarded a diploma certificate.
Similarly, there are other exit points from where the students can take an advanced diploma or a full-fledged B.Voc degree. The focus of this programme is to provide students with in-depth knowledge of practical aspects to handle the complexities of tasks in the real work environment. B.Voc. courses are considered to be a new generation training programme which emphases on industry practices and are carefully designed in consultation with industries/employers with an objective to make students industry-ready.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has launched a scheme on skills development based on higher education as part of college/university education, leading to Bachelor of Vocation (B.Voc.) Degree with multiple exits such as Diploma/Advanced Diploma under the NSQF. The B.Voc. programme is focused on universities and colleges providing undergraduate studies which would also incorporate specific job roles and their NOSs along with broad based general education.
This would enable the graduates completing B.Voc. to make a meaningful participation in accelerating India’s economy by gaining appropriate employment, becoming entrepreneurs and creating appropriate knowledge. NSQF has adopted a very holistic approach in designing the credit framework primarily aimed at promoting lateral and vertical mobility, beauty lies in a pre-defined entry and multiple exit points. It is an effort to bridge the gap between certificate and Diploma level and between Diploma and Degree levels by allowing for mobility from one to the other.
It also provides an opportunity to Diploma holders to pursue graduation in vocational education and graduates to further pursue post-graduation using the previously earned credits, Overall this credit system helps improving the employability of our certificate, Diploma and Degree holders and provide a framework for lifelong learning through flexible credit transfers and Community College like institutions, within the framework of higher education institutions.
Level of Awards
The certification levels will lead to Diploma/ Advance Diploma/ B. Voc. Degree.