Who Should Attend The Conference?

VET administrators, policy makers, officials from ministries, researchers, academic professionals, representatives and experts from various international and national organizations, teachers, students, practitioners and other stakeholders.

Why should I attend the Conference?

The Conference will help you to network with learned members of the VET community and learn about emerging perspectives in transforming VET for excellence, NEP 2020: strategic priorities, institutional and professional development of VET teachers for promoting VET excellence in schools, good practices and approaches in VET excellence.




  • To provide insights for policy makers, VET providers and educationists on future trends in the workforce development;
  • To share experiences and innovative practices on excellence in the VET system;
  • To elucidate different strategies and approaches towards successful diffusion of excellence within VET system.


The key thematic areas of significance for deliberation in relation to VET include the following:

  • Future Trends in Vocational Education and Training & World of Work
  • VET Transformation : Policies and Issues
  • Institutional Development for Achieving Excellence in VET
  • Professional Development of Teachers for Promoting VET Excellence in Schools
  • NEP 2020: Strategic Priorities for VET in India
  • Cross-sharing of experiences, good practices & approaches of VET Excellence


  • Shared innovative ideas and good practices
  • Networking among partner institutions and participants
  • Recommendations for promoting excellence in VET


Day 1 Thursday, 25 March 2021
Time Activity
09:30 am - 10:00 am


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Inaugural Session

Introduction to the Conference:
Mr. A. Palanivel, Associate Professor, PSSCIVE, Bhopal


Welcome Remarks:
Dr. Rajesh P. Khambayat, Joint Director, PSSCIVE, Bhopal, INDIA
Special Address:
Ms. Soo-Hyang Choi, Director, UNESCO-UNEVOC, International Centre Bonn, GERMANY
Address by the Guest of Honour:
Dr. C. Thangaraj, Director, NITTTR, Bhopal, INDIA
Inaugural Address by the Chief Guest:
Dr. Sridhar Srivastava, Director, NCERT, New Delhi, INDIA
Vote of Thanks:
Dr. P. Veeraiah, Conference Coordinator, PSSCIVE, Bhopal
Master of Ceremony:
Dr. V.S. Mehrotra, Professor, PSSCIVE, Bhopal
11:00 AM-12:00 NOON

Keynote Session - I: Future Trends in Vocational Education and Training & World of Work

Session Overview: TThe emerging trends in VET, such as digital transformation, economic globalisation, internet connectivity and other structural changes with various other demographic changes are shaping the demand and supply of skilled manpower. This session will guide to provide platform for the contemporary modernisation of vocational education. It will mainly focus on how these contemporary changes may create opportunities, which will ensure the need of 21st Century vocational education.

  • Emerging Trends in World of Work Impacting TVET
  • Vocational Education and Training in 21st Century
Emerging Trends in World of Work Impacting TVET
Dr. Steven Mckee, President Emeritus of Worlddidac, Ex-President, Labtech International Ltd., INDONESIA
Vocational Education and Training in 21st Century
Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, Director General, Colombo Plan Staff College, Manila, PHILIPPINES
12:00 NOON-12:30 PM

Tea Break and Networking

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Technical Session - I: Transforming VET for Excellence: Priorities and Challenges

Session Overview: The technical session will elaborate on the priorities on excellence of VET. These priorities may be in the form of educational technologies, skill development, holistic approach development, innovative teaching-learning media, and various other aspects, which are influencing modernisation of VET in India. To address these priorities, there are various challenges, which are to be faced, such as providing direction for improving the collaboration between School and Industry, introducing skill-oriented courses, and developing guidelines for better implementation of vocational education and training. This session will also provide a platform for the discussion on various priorities and challenges in VET.

  • Advancing VET for Excellence: A Case Study
  • Next Generation Vocational Education and Training
Advancing VET for Excellence: A Case Study
Dr. Siddhartha Chaturvedi, AISECT, Bhopal, INDIA
Next Generation Vocational Education and Training
Mr. Sunil Dahiya, Wadhwani Foundation, Banglore India
01:30 PM-02:30 PM

Lunch Break

02:30 PM-04:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Institutional Development for Achieving Excellence in VET

Session Overview: Institutions are the centres of sustainable development and economic growth. Effective dissemination of information is a precondition for increasing awareness for institutional development. Competence, self-regulation and expertise in the field of vocational education are essential ingredients of excellence in VET. For the socio-economic development of the countries, VET plays a very significant role with benefits for families, individuals and local communities. Therefore, it is necessary to deal with the challenges, such as inappropriate instruction, inadequate courses, lack of awareness, outdated courses, lack of industrial exposure, inadequate training, lack of research and development, lack of training to use various types of equipment in the vocational education system. This session will discuss on how to develop institutions for achieving excellence and provide guidelines to move forward in the field of VET.

  1. Ministry of Education
    Smt. Gauri Kalra
    Senior Consultant, Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Education (MOE), New Delhi, INDIA
  2. National Skill Development Corporation
    Mr. Jaikant Singh
    Senior Head, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), New Delhi, INDIA
  3. Sector Skill Council
    (a) Ms. Monica Bahl
    Chief Executive Officer, Beauty & Wellness Sector Skill Council, Gurgaon, INDIA
    (b) Prof. Gayathri Hariharasubaramanian
    Head – Skilling Schools & Academia Linkages, Logistics Sector Skills Council, Chennai, INDIA
    (c) Mr. Tahesin Zahid
    Chief Executive Officer, Sports Sector Skill Council, New Delhi, INDIA
    (d) Dr. Swapna Mishra
    Director, Textiles & Handloom Sector Skill Council, New Delhi, INDIA
  4. Samagra Shiksha
    (a) Mr. Partha Das
    Officer on Special Duty, NSQF Cell, DVE&T, Department of Technical Education, West Bengal, INDIA
    (b) Mr. Anil Kumar T.V
    Deputy Director (Curriculum), VHSE, Directorate of General Education, Kerala, INDIA
  5. Industry
    (a) Shri Pradeep Karambelkar
    Chairman – MP State Chapter, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Bhopal, INDIA
    (b) Mr. K.P. Murthy
    Consultant, Bosch, Bangalore, INDIA
  6. Open Discussion
04:20 PM - 4:30 PM

Tea Break and Networking

04:30 PM - 05:30 PM

Technical Session - II: Professional Development of Teachers for VET Excellence in Schools

Session Overview: Teachers are the backbone of the education system and they play crucial role in the field of vocational education. To transform VET, professional development of teacher is very important. For the professional development of teachers, there is a need to impart specialized skills and learn modern teaching methodologies, like simulation, games, computer assisted learning, cases studies, group discussions, debates, field visits, etc. This session will provide a platform for discussion on the training methods and the professional development of the vocational teachers, which will play a major role in the transformation of VET in schools.

  • Innovative Models for Professional Development of Vocational Teachers
  • Vocational Teachers and Professional Ethics
  • Using ICT for Professional Development of Vocational Teachers
Innovative Models for Professional Development of Vocational Teachers
Dr. Pramod Shrestha , Kathmandu Nepal
Vocational Teachers and Professional Ethics
Dr. K. Renuka Raju, KOVIDA, Hyderabad, INDIA
Using ICT for Professional Development of Vocational Teachers
Dr. Madhuri Dubey Founding Director, NSN, Hyderabad, INDIA
Day 2 Friday, 26 March 2021
Time Activity
09:30 AM-10:30 AM

Keynote Session – II: Transforming VET through Excellence:
Regional /International Experiences

Session Overview:The objective of this session is to elaborate on the strategies adopted and share the experiences on the action taken by the regional/ international institutions/organisations to transform VET. This will facilitate promoting and fostering international collaborations, partnerships and cooperation among VET practitioners, civil society, local communities, researchers and policy-makers in the countries (Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Singapore and India).

VET Excellence in times of global transitions: Experiences from German development cooperation
Dr. Jeanette Burmester
Head of Sector Project TVET, GIZ, GERMANY
Inclusive Strategies for the Main streaming of TVET in Sri Lanka
Dr. Janaka Jayalath
Deputy Director General, Colombo, SRI LANKA
10:35 AM - 10:45 AM

Tea Break and Networking

10:45 AM-12:00 PM

Technical Session – III: New-age Quality Vocational Education System: Challenges and Perspectives

Session Overview: Vocational Education and Training (VET) system improves functional and analytical ability that allows individuals to gain greater access to skills and to build professional quality. VET is facing various challenges i.e. mismatch between market needs for skilled workforce, lack of focus on emerging industrial development, incompatible syllabus, lack of social acceptability, lack of employment opportunities, lack of training facilities of teachers and outdated workforce development methodology. Considering the changing demand of world of work, there is a growing need for building new-age quality vocational education system. Building quality in VET is a challenge that is faced by professionals to enhance the productivity, capability and performance of the youth. A quality assurance system is designed to support the processing, collection and presentation of data that is related to institutional quality. This session will focus on the core of new age and quality assurance in VET to improve effectiveness of the educational system in meeting the challenges of world of work.

  • Quality Assurance Measures for TVET
  • International Practices for Quality Assurance in TVET
  • Assuring Quality in VET in INDIA: Perspective and Challenges
Quality Assurance Measures for TVET
Dr. Nilesh Khare
Head, Management Education, JLU, Bhopal
New-age Vocational Education System
Mr. Deepak Mehrotra
Marketing Manager (India) Labtech International, Ltd, Bangalore, INDIA
Assuring Quality in VET in INDIA: Perspectives & Challenges
Mr. Chiranjiv Guha
Models of Vocational Education and Training
Dr. Vinay Swarup Mehrotra
Head, Curriculum Development and Evaluation Centre, PSSCIVE, Bhopal, INDIA
12:00 NOON-01:00 PM

Technical Session – IV: New Education Policy 2020: Strategic Priorities for VET System in India

Session Overview: The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 recognizes the seminal role of Vocational Education and Training in building the Indian demographic dividend. The Policy observes that less than 5% of the Indian workforce within the age bracket of 19–24 years received formal VET when compared to other countries, such as the USA (52%), Germany (75%), and South Korea (96%). While identifying the need to hasten the development of vocational skills, the Policy highlights the importance of removing rigid distinctions between vocational and academic streams, eliminating harmful social hierarchies between different areas of learning. The Policy aims to ensure that by 2025; at least 50% of the learners across schools and higher education systems have exposure to VET. This session will provide platform for discussion on strategies for strengthening and better implementation of the VET in schools and higher education, based on the recommendations of the National Education Policy 2020.

  • Reimagining Vocational Education: Priorities and Action
  • Strengthening School–Industry Collaboration for Vocational Education
UNESCO State of the Education Report for India 2020: Priorities for Excellence in VET
Mr. Manish Joshi
TVET & Higher Education Specialist, UNESCO, New Delhi, INDIA
Reimagining Vocational Education: Priorities and Action
Dr. Leena Chandra Wadia
Mumbai, Maharastra, India
Promoting Social and Digital Media in Vocational Education and Training
Mr. Rajat Khawas
Principal Consultant, Joint Policy Advisory Group, New Delhi, INDIA
01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Lunch Break

02:00 PM - 02:45 PM

Technical Session – V: Building VET Excellence through Partnership and Networking

Session Overview: Building excellence in VET is one of the most important topics for all the academic institutions and a special challenge for the academic fraternity in the region. There are many initiatives brought in the vocational educational system for the workforce development. Considering the rapid expansion of VET for extending educational opportunities and providing the knowledge and skills required by industry, requires strong partnership and networking with stakeholders. This session will highlight the strategies and approaches for ensuring the quality of graduates and qualifications to secure mobility.

Vocational Education and Training System: A Future Perspective
Prof. S.Z.Haider, Former Joint Director,
Making Indian Youth Ready for International Markets
Mr. Basab Banerjee
Head – Standards and QA, NSDC, New Delhi, INDIA
Transforming Indian TVET Programmes for Industry- 4.0
Dr. V. Thanikachalam
Ex-Professor, NITTTR, Chennai, INDIA
Future of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) & TVET in Future (Reference to Post Covid-19)
Shri Y.P. Chawla, Research Fellow,
Australian Graduate School of Leadership and Ex-Advisor Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission, New Delhi, INDIA
02:45 PM – 04:30 PM

Technical Session – VI: Good Practices and Lessons Learnt in VET

Session Overview: The State/UTs key functionaries should have the knowledge about the current policies and strategies for the organisation and management of the VET system. They should also know how to organise and manage VET system. There are various good practices and lessons to be learnt in the VET system, which have been adopted by the vocational agencies under the Ministry of Education, NCERT, NIOS, NSDC and PSSCIVE. Various good practices, like training, good methods of teaching and learning, use of new technology, modern techniques, etc. will be discussed in this session to acquire a better understanding of the Indian VET system.

Mr. Rajneesh Sharma
Program Manager–NSQF, Samagra Shiksha,
Punchkula, INDIA
Sri. Rathnaiah K, Joint Director
Smt. Manjula R, Deputy Director
Smt. Sreelatha K, Programme Officer
O/o SPD, Samagra Shiksha,
Bengaluru, INDIA
Himachal Pradesh
Shri Veerendra Sharma, State Project Director
Mr. Suresh Thakur, (State Coordinator)
Samagra Shiksha,
Shimla, INDIA
West Bengal
Mr. Partha Das, Officer on Special Duty
Shri Dibyendu Chowdhury,
Shri Sudip Dey,
Directorate of Vocational Education & Training
Rajarhat, Kolkata, INDIA
Dr. Mini E.R.Assistant Director (Curriculum),
VHSE, Thiruvananthapuram, INDIA
Dr Shambhu Ghadi, Deputy Director & Nodal Officer
Mr. Bharath Nayak, (State Coordinator)
Samagra Shiksha (Secondary Education) Directorate of Education,
Porvorim, Bardez, Goa, INDIA
Ms. Sanghamitra Das, Skill Education Officer
Ms. Abhijita Kalita, Programme Associate
O/o The State Project Director
Samangra Shiksha, Kahilipara, INDIA
04:20 PM - 04:30 PM

Tea Break and Networking

04:30 PM - 05:30 PM

Conclusion, Recommendations and Closing Ceremony

Welcome Remarks: Prof. R.P. Khambayat
Joint Director, PSSCIVE, Bhopal
Conference Report: Dr. P. Veeraiah
Professor, PSSCIVE, Bhopal
Call for Action: Dr. V.S. Mehrotra
Professor, PSSCIVE, Bhopal
Chief Guest Address: Ms. Vinita Agarwal
Economic Advisor, Ministry of Skill Development and
Entrepreneurship (MSDE), New Delhi, INDIA
Vote of Thanks: Shri A. Palanivel
Associate Professor, PSSCIVE, Bhopal


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