Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Being skilled and saleable-With technical and vocational courses at CTEVT

Many students excelled in their SLC examinations, and are thus pursuing courses of their choice for higher education in some good colleges. But not all students are good in academics — some may perform well in technical aspects if imparted with proper skill. In order to address the need of such students, the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) in Sanothimi is in operation. The national autonomous apex body of technical and vocational education and training has been producing technical and skilled human resources since its establishment in 1989. The courses at CTEVT are for anyone with the desire for attaining skills — whether you have just passed the Test examinaiton (of SLC) or have not attened school.

What to study?
There are a total of 195 technical colleges and institutes affiliated to CTEVT, eight annex schools and two rural training centres across the nation running various courses, as per Saurav Ram Joshi, Spokesperson/Director Research and Information of CTEVT.

These courses are divided into three categories — short-term vocational and skill training, Technical School Leaving Certificate (TSLC) and proficiency/diploma level.

One can choose the course depending upon the eligibility criteria in each category. Whichever course you opt for “you will either become self-employed or can get a job immediately after completing the course”, as per Ram Hari Lamichanne, Member Secreatary of CTEVT.

Professional skills in short time
The short-term vocational and skill training is the right course for anyone interested in learning that particular skill — you do not need to pass a certain academic level for this.

“This course aims to provide professional and vocational skills to those who are either unable to gain higher education or are interested to attain professional skills for a better career,” informed Lamichanne.

Under this training, they provide short-term trainings — ranging from 39 hours to 1,500 hours — in the field of agriculture, engineering, health, tourism, management and computers, among others.

For higher education
If you wish to pursue higher education after a CTEVT training, then one can opt for Technical Education Provision (that includes TSLC and proficiency/diploma level course).

Only those who have passed their Test examinations can join the TSLC level — it is a 29-month course. But TSLC is just a 15-month course for those who have passed SLC.

There are a variety of courses in different fields one can study at TSLC level — agriculture (JTA in Animal Science or Plant Science), engineering or sub-overseer (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Automobile, Junior Computer Technician, Air-conditioning and Refrigerator and Sanitary) and health (CMA, ANM, AAHW, Dental Hygienist and Lab Assistant).

After TSLC, you can join three-year proficiency certificate/diploma level course. But one must score a minimum 68.66 per cent in TSLC or pass the SLC examination in second division to be eligible to join the diploma level.

“This level offers courses in health, engineering and agriculture,” Joshi informed. In agriculture, one can study ISc Ag Plant Science or Animal Science and Diploma in Food and Dairy Technology.

You can do Diploma in Engineering in various sectors (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Survey, Computer, Information Technology and Architecture).

The Health/Medical Science has Proficiency Certificate Level (PCL) in General Medicine, Nursing, Medical Lab Technology, Radiography, Ayurvedic Science along with Diploma in Pharmacy, Dental Science and Ophthalmic Science.

Bipin Kumar Yadav, Diploma in Civil Engineering VIth Semester student at Kathmandu Institute of Technology (KIT), Tokha Road expressed, “I did not have enough percentage in my SLC examinations which would prevent me from being enrolled in an engineering course offered by the Tribhuvan University. So, studying the course of CTEVT at KIT has become an advantage for me.”

Ready to work
The courses of CTEVT are designed to make students “ready for employment” as per Joshi. “As CTEVT courses are skill-based, students have a higher chance of being employed soon after completing the course in the present competitive job market. Or they can also generate employment opportunities on their own,” he further claimed.

As CTEVT is the recognised centre at international level, its graduates have good opportunities in the international job market as well, Joshi further added.

Sunil Chalise, MD of KIT added, “The students who are unable to purse their higher education due to financial problems are able to work part time utilising the skills they gained at CTEVT and complete their education.”

Hurdles that need to cleared
The courses of CTEVT are more practical based so as to make the students skilled. But the students are unable to get involved in the practical activities as demanded by the course, as per Sugandh Thapa, Principal, Hospital for Advance Medicine and Surgery (HAMS).

Revealing the existing challenge at PCL Nursing, Thapa stated, “We do not have our own hospital to do practials for nursing students. But they need extensive exposure to patients so as to be experienced.” As such these students are taken to government hospitals for practical sessions. However, the expensive charges for practicals in hospitals have been a headache for them, said Thapa.

Yadav feels there is no proper monitoring of CTEVT institues — especially about irregularities during the engineering exams and facilities required by Nursing students to pursue their education.

“As the students do not get required facilities, they lag behind. Due to this, the Nursing students of TU are more prioritised than CTEVT students,” he argued.

But being sellable in the market also depends upon the students’ capacity as per Anisha Ranapal, PCL Nursing IInd Year student at HAMS. She argued, “One needs to understand that competition is fierce in the market and one should prepare oneself accordinlgy.”

People also do not have knoweldge about the courses available at CTEVT and there is no provision to make them aware about the same, as per Chalise. “There is also a misconception that one cannot opt for higer education after doing a course at CTEVT.”

source: the himalayan times,5 august 2014
photo courtesy: CTEVT/KIT