With the emerging need of further advocating the improvement of TVET institutions through methods that encourage innovation and market strategy, the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) in cooperation with the National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTR) organized the In-Country Program on Blue Ocean Strategy in TVET held at the NITTTR Campus in Chandigarh, India from February 9-13, 2015.
Blue Ocean Strategy is a strategy which is about creating uncontested market space, making the rivals irrelevant rather than competing with them and conveying the infinite possibilities for profitable growth. The TVET sector, a major player in labor market, needs to be aware of the changes taking place or the new trends to come in the future. With proper understanding of these, it will be able to adjust and respond to the emerging situations. This course is designed to help the participants identify the different strategies which could be applied in TVET systems for it to survive and grow.
The program targeted to instill the importance and relevance of Blue Ocean Strategy in TVET and enable participants to comprehend its concept, principles and components. It also aimed to improve their understanding on the application of Blue Ocean Strategy in TVET. Lastly, the participants were expected to prepare an Action Plan for implementation of Blue Ocean Strategy in their respective institutions to ensure that the lessons of the program are translated into tangible results.
The program covered an extensive and comprehensive number of lectures and topics: (1) Concepts, Principles and Components of the Blue Ocean Strategy; (2) Blue Ocean Strategies for Technical Entrepreneurship Development; (3) Integrating Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Inclusive Rural Development as BOS in TVET System; (4) Accreditation and Certification of TVET Institutions through APACC process for Quality Assurance as BOS; (5) Industry Institute Convergence as BOS in TVET-National and International Case Studies and (6) New Avenues for TVET graduates through ICT & Labor Market Information Systems (LMIS). The program was supervised by the CPSC Director General, Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub and the Director of NITTTR Chandigarh, Prof. Dr. MP Poonia. Program coordination was done by Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC Faculty Consultant while the local arrangements were organized by the former CPSC Faculty and the current head of Entrepreneurship Development and Industrial Coordination Department of NITTTR Chandigarh, Prof. Dr. Suresh K. Dhameja. Prof. JS Saini of the Department of Rural Development of NITTTR Chandigarh was also invited as the local resource person. The program was attended by 32 administrators and academics from all parts of India.
As a way to effectively disseminate the latest trends and updates on TVET to a much bigger audience, a National Seminar on the “Issues, Challenges and Future Directions in the TVET Sector” was organized on February 12, 2015 at NITTTR Chandigarh, with 84 participants.
The seminar came with a realization that the Indian education system must be attuned to the new global environment by promoting creativity and improving the quality of education and training at all levels. Based on major studies, countries that have had the most rapid increases in educational attainment as well as sustained economic growth have upgraded their educational system significantly.
The seminar tackled broad themes such as issues, challenges and future directions in TVET systems and managing and implementation of TVET and identified newer concepts and strategies for TVET management.
Speakers of the seminar from NITTTR included the following: (1) Prof. Dr. MP Poonia, Director of NITTTR, Chandigarh who presented the paper titled “Current Status and Development of TVET Systems in India: Achievements, Lessons Learnt and Challenges” and (2) Prof. Dr. JS Saini, Professor and Head of Rural Development Department of NITTTR, Chandigarh who discussed the National Skills Qualification Framework in India. In addition, Prof. Dr. Suresh K. Dhameja shared ideas on knowledge management system in TVET while Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel discussed ICT integrated approaches for strengthening TVET Systems.
Overall, the program was well-appreciated by the participants and beneficiaries, garnering a high rating of 4.5 (with 5 as the highest) on program management and relevance of topics. They also voiced their positive comments and appreciations to the organizers which reflect the effectiveness of the program to its target audience and the fulfillment of its objectives.