Key terms used :
TISS: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936 as a premier institute of Social Work in India. It was recognized as a deemed University by UGC in the year 1964. TISS has four campuses – Mumbai, Guwahati, Hyderabad and Tuljapur (rural campus). It has earned recognition as a Category I institute in year 2018 as per the UGC categorization of academic institutes.
SVE: The School of Vocational Education (SVE) was established at TISS in Dec 2011 to spearhead the vocational education and training in India. Vision of SVE is to empower youth through skill development. The target beneficiaries include organized and unorganized workforce across industries. SVE aims to cover individuals who need to develop employable skills. SVE is operating at the Pan India level in order to reach out to maximum number of candidates.
Bona Fide Student: means a person enrolled in an accredited high school, college or university in the State, or a person enrolled in a State-operated technical college, in a sufficient number of courses and classes in such institution to be classified as a full-time regular student under the criteria used by the institution in which he is enrolled; or a person enrolled in an off-campus college work-study program in a proprietary institution of higher education as defined in Section 102(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.
Vertical: Each programme is located under a specific sector like manufacturing, industry, service etc. At SVE these sectors are termed as verticals. For instance, Automotive, Travel Tourism and Hospitality, Banking Finanacial Services and Insurance as well as Healthcare and many others.
Vertical Manager (VM): Vocational education programmes in each vertical are under the supervision of a manager responsible for all aspects of smooth delivery of the programme. Each VM represents SVE as well as is the focal contact point between the student and Service Provider for the entire duration of the programme.
Skill Knowledge Provider: Skill Knowledge Provider is an industry partner identified for the purpose of providing On the Job Training (OJT). The partner will support the programme at the most basic level by providing a platform to train the students of SVE on- the-job for a particular skill course to attain hands on experience.
On the Job Training (OJT): OJT implies hands on training/ practical training of students in their chosen programme of study. It is an important component of every B.Voc programme which is a Work Integrated Training Programme (WITP), enabling students to gain skills along wiht theoretical knowledge. Typically each student will be required to complete 360 hours per semester of OJT in his/her specific programme at a designated SKP location.
Service Provider (SP): Service Provider is a facilitator identified by SVE for the purpose of providing local facilitation to students for theory lectures which will be delivered by SVE. In addition the SP will cordinate students OJT with the SKPs among many other activites like placement assistance, resource mobilization (scholarships, sponsorships) etc.
NSQF: The National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) is a nationally integrated education and competency-based framework that enables persons to acquire desired competency levels. NSQF organizes qualifications according to a series of levels of knowledge, skills and aptitude. These levels, graded from one to ten, are defined in terms of learning outcomes which the learner must possess regardless of whether they were acquired through formal, non-formal or informal learning.
NOS:The National Occupational Standards (NOS) specify the standard of performance an individual must achieve when carrying out a function in the workplace, together with the knowledge and understanding they need to meet a standard consistently. Each NOS defines one key function in a job role. In their essential form, NOS describe functions, standards of performance and knowledge / understanding.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
1. Is the B.Voc degree a Full time, Part time, Distance education programme?
Ans. The B.Voc degree is a regular full time programme. All the B.Voc programmes at SVE are Work Integrated Training Programmes (WITP). This includes a combination of theoretical and practical components i.e. On the Job Training (OJT) at the Skill Knowledge Provider’s (SKP)/ Industry Partner’s location.
2 . Are all B.Voc programmes offered at SVE, approved by UGC?
Ans. All the existing programmes are approved by UGC and are listed on UGC website at the link provided here: https://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/3986236_NSQF-999-newly-approved-institutions.pdf). To find SVE programmes please search on row number 928 on Page no.79.
3. Does TISS-SVE offer any counselling services to enable candidates for selecting appropriate programmes for seeking admission?
Ans. TISS-SVE has developed its own Vocational Aptitude System (VAS), to be introduced shortly. This will assist the candidates in selection of a programme according to their respective aptitudes.
4. Can a graduate apply for a B.Voc. programme or is it advisable to apply for a PG Diploma programme?
Ans: If the graduate desires to pursue further education in the same stream, then P.G. Diploma in that stream is advisable. However, he/she can also apply for B.Voc. Programme in case he/she is contemplating a change in the discipline/stream of education.
5. Is it necessary to complete the B.Voc. Programme in 3 consecutive years? Can the student take a break?
Ans: All B.Voc programmes allow multiple entry and exit after successful completion of each year/level ( Diploma, Advanced Diploma, B.Voc). This feature enables the learner to seek employment after any year/ level of award and join back as and when feasible to upgrade the qualifications/skill competencies.
6. Can the student change the programme after completing the first year of B.Voc programme?
Ans. Yes. However, any change in programme requires students to begin from Year 1 (Diploma).
7. Can the student get admission to any SVE programme in any part of India?
Ans. Admission to any SVE program will depend upon the availability of the stakeholders in a particular location within India. The stakeholders include Service Providers as facilitators for running the programmes and Skill Knowledge Providers for On the Job training opportunities.
8. Can the student pursue M.Voc in SVE?
Ans. As of now the School of Vocational Education is not offering any M.Voc programme. However, the student can apply for M.Voc from other universities or SVE as and when the same is offered.
9. Will the student get books/ study material?
Ans. For each course in any semester of the programme the student is pursuing, books/ study material shall be provided as soft copies and hard copies (wherever required).
10. Will the student be required to visit TISS campus at any point in time during the course of programme? How many days and how many times in a year will the student have to visit SVE campus?
Ans. Ideally each student will be required to undergo campus immersion at TISS Main Campus (Mumbai), or TISS off-campuses (Hyderabad/ Guwahati/ Tuljapur) once in each semester i.e. twice a year for approximately two-week duration. Schedule will be shared in advance. However, SVE may consider clubbing both the visits into a single slot (scheduled once a year).
11. Does the programme fees include lodging and boarding facility, during campus immersion at SVE?
Ans. No. The student is required to arrange and pay for his/her lodging and boarding facilities. However, TISS-SVE will facilitate for the same.
12. Is it mandatory for the student to attend the campus immersion at the TISS campuses?
Ans. It is mandatory for all students to attend the campus immersion, as it’s an integral part of any Institute/ University for academic programme delivery. This will also provide the student with an opportunity to experience being a part of the TISS fraternity and enjoy campus life.
13. What if the student wants to change her/his OJT location after one semester or anytime in the middle of the academic year?
Ans. The SVE does not permit change/s of OJT location mid-year in any programme. However, transfer of location for the same programme after completion of any academic year, could be entertained subject to availability of a running batch in the location of request.
14. Is the B.Voc degree valid for seeking admission for higher education in any university across India / abroad?
Ans. The B.Voc degree is at par with other undergraduate degrees approved by UGC. So, students who successfully complete the B.Voc programme are eligible for admission to higher education in any university, wherever the minimum qualification criteria is any graduate.
15. Can the student get any hostel facility in the OJT location ?
Ans. Student has to arrange for their own lodging and boarding facility in the OJT location. Student may however approach the local Service Provider appointed by TISS for assistance and information.
16. What are the student help-line numbers for enquiries/ admission related information?
Ans. Students can call at 022- 2552 5621/22/23/24/25/26/31/32/33/34/35 or Mob. No 8976640593 from Mon-Fri, 10 am – 6pm. They can also write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for any assistance.
17. Are there any scholarships offered to students?
Ans: Yes. Scholarships will be periodically announced by SVE subject to availability.
18. How will the student get an update on the timetable, exam schedule and any other notification from SVE?
Ans. On confirmation of admission to any programme of SVE, each student shall be provided with a unique User ID and Password to access the student portal. This portal provides the student access to information related to time table, attendance, fee instalments, exam schedules, results etc. It will also provide direct links to the online reference material. Student can also connect with local Service Providers for the same or the concerned Vertical Manager at SVE.
19. Will the lectures be online or offline?
Ans: The lectures will be in a blended mode, a combination of online and offline/contact sessions. The schedule for online and offline/contact sessions shall vary from location to location. Attendance is mandatory for both online and offline/contact lectures.
20. What will be the timings for the online and offline/contact sessions?
Ans. The schedule of lectures both online and offline shall be made available to students in the students’ portal.
21. In case of any queries regarding attendance, OJT, examinations etc. who would be the contact person for the students?
Ans. For any queries regarding attendance, OJT, examinations etc. the SVE appointed Onsite Supervisor/ Service Provider should be contacted. The student may also connect with the respective Vertical Manager looking after that programme.
22. Can On the Job Training (OJT) be considered in the organisation where I am working already?
Ans. Yes, provided practical training relevant to the programme/learning objectives is imparted by the organization. Additionally, the organization would also need to accept the terms and conditions of SVE and be willing to adhere to the academic guidelines laid down.
23. Will the student be eligible for a refund of the fees already paid if she/he wants to drop out?
Ans: As per the fee refund policy of SVE, if the student drops out before the commencement of the session, 100% of the amount received is refunded. A deduction of Rs. 1000 shall be made as processing fees in this case also. If the student drops out within one month of the commencement of the programme, only fifty percent of the amount received shall be refunded.If the student drops out after one month of the commencement of the programme, the student shall not be eligible for any refund whatsoever.
24. What is the medium of instruction and examination for SVE programmes?
Ans. English is the medium of instruction for programme delivery and examination at SVE.
25. What is the scope in terms of career opportunities after completion of B.Voc. degree?
Ans. Since B.Voc is a work integrated training program (WITP), students completing this programme would have gained three years of work experience. This provides them with an edge over other graduates for job opportunities in the same sector.
26. Does SVE provide job placement guarantee?
Ans: Placement assistance will be facilitated locally through TISS empanelled service providers on the basis of students’ merit and performance. However, SVE does not guarantee the same.
27. Can the student get a job after completion of first year of the B.Voc programme?
Ans. Yes. However, this differs from programme to programme on the basis of skill sets gained and demands of the sector, which is predefined by NSQF in the form of NOS.
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