Bachelor of Vocational Studies (B.Voc.)
It has been a long felt necessity to align higher education with the emerging needs of the economy so as to ensure that the graduates of higher education system have adequate knowledge and skills for employment and entrepreneurship. The higher education system has to incorporate the requirements of various industries in its curriculum, in an innovative and flexible manner while developing a holistic and well-groomed graduate.
Ministry of HRD, and Ministry of Finance, Government of India has issued a notification for National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF). Under the National Skills Development Corporation, many Sector Skill Councils representing respective industries have/are being established. One of the mandates of Sector Skill Councils is to develop National Occupational Standards (NOSs) for various job roles in their respective industries. It is important to embed the competencies required for specific job roles in the higher education system for creating employable graduates. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has launched a scheme on skills development based 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.
In this connection Ewing Christian College was selected by the UGC to start two courses viz. Food Processing and IT & ITES under B. Voc. Scheme. The details of the programmes are as follows:
B.VOC. IN FOOD PROCESSING
Food Processing Industry is one of the major employment intensive segments and according to the latest Annual Survey of Industries (ASI), the total number of persons engaged in registered food processing sector is more than 18 lakhs.
This course is based on developing set of methods and techniques which can be used to transform raw materials into nutritious and safe food for consumption. Despite the fact that food processing industry in India is at developing stage, it offers exponential career opportunities to trained professionals in food processing.
The curriculum of the course has been designed in consultation with the Sector Skill Council i.e. Food Industry Capacity and Skill Initiative (FICSI), a National Partnership Organization that brings together academia, industry, labour and the government to address human resource gaps in Food Processing Industry. FICCI is a Food Processing Sector Skill Council (SSC) responsible for designing Qualification Packs (QPs) for different Food Processing related jobs. The Curriculum details include a suitable mix of general education and skill development which are designed for specific job roles in Food Processing industry. The course includes content which equip skill development component in the candidate. The candidate will be exposed to project work and on the job training in the industry as well.
It is a three year Degree program offering specialization in Fruit & Vegetable processing, Milk &Dairy products and Agro products processing in the first, second and third year respectively with exit levels after each year with Diploma /Advanced Diploma/ Degree.
JOB PROSPECTS: With aptitude to work and requisite skills one can find employment as Research Scientists, Food Technologists, Food Engineers, Organic Chemists, Biochemists, and Analytical Chemists, Home Economists, Managers and accountants.
Leading food processing companies in India include: Amul, Godrej Industrial Limited, Dabur India Ltd., PepsiCo India Holdings, Nestle India Pvt. Ltd., Britannia Industries Ltd., Parle Products Pvt. Ltd. and many more with various MNC’s as well.
ELIGIBILITY: A candidate must have passed 10+2 science examination with PCB/PCBM/PCM/10+2 Agriculture/ Home Science (Science Group) having scored not less than 50% marks (45% for SC & ST candidates) in aggregate with condition that candidate coming from different streams must take remedial courses as prescribed.
DURATION OF COURSE: 3 Years, of total Six Semester, [Each Semester is of 6 months]
ADMISSION PROCEDURE: Entrance Test, SEATS: 50 FEE: Rs. 43,000 (per year)
B.VOC. IN IT & ITES (Information Technology & Information Technology enabled Services) (Hardware Maintenance, Networking and Security)
The B. Voc Degree in (IT & ITeS) (HMNS) (for "Hardware Maintenance, Networking and Security") is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for three-year studies. The course has multiple entry and exit points which increase the flexibility of the course.
The functions linked to hardware maintenance, network administration and IT Security have been diversified: if the risk management for IT systems is still reserved to highly qualified engineers [Information system security officers (ISSO)], there are more and more tasks involved by security program management: supervise and administer protecting tools is not necessarily the responsibility of an engineer, even though these tasks are vital for the security. The graduates will be trained for such duties. On successful completion of this programme, the candidate will be able to maintain computer hardware, administer and secure the networks and vital IT information. Moreover, they will know how to deploy appropriate practices and tools for assisting the design, implementation and evaluation of a secure IT environment.
JOB PROSPECTS: In IT sector
ELIGIBILITY: Candidate must have passed 10+2 science examination with PCM group having scored not less than 50% marks (45% for SC & ST candidates) in aggregate.
DURATION OF COURSE: 3 Years of total (Six Semesters) [Each Semester is of 6 months]