Cabinet approves establishment of National Council for Vocational Education and Training

Union Cabinet chaired has approved establishment of National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET). It will be set up by merging existing regulatory institutions in the skills space – National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and National Skill Development Agency (NSDA).

National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET)

NCVET will regulate functioning of entities engaged in vocational education and training, both long-term and short-term. It will also establish minimum standards for functioning of such entities. It will be headed by Chairperson and will have Executive and Non-Executive Members. It will follow best practices of regulatory processes and ensure that it performs its functions professionally and as per applicable laws. It will utilize existing infrastructure and resources of NCVT and NSDA.
Primary functions of NCVET

  • Recognize and regulate awarding bodies, assessment bodies and skill related information providers.
  • Approve qualifications developed by awarding bodies and Sector Skill Councils (SSCs).
  • Indirectly regulate vocational training institutes through awarding bodies and assessment agencies.
  • Conduct Research and disseminate information.
  • Redress Grievances.


The establishment of NCVET by merging NCVT and NSDA will lead to improvement in quality and market relevance of skill development programs. It will also improve credibility of vocational education and training by encouraging greater private investment and employer participation in the skills space. It will help achieve twin objectives of enhancing aspirational value of vocational education and increasing skilled manpower furthering Government’s agenda of making India skill capital of the world. It is also expected to facilitate ease of doing business by providing steady supply of skilled workforce to the industry and services.



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