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Qualifications Development


May 2024

37th NSQC Meeting held on April 30, 2024

The 37th National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) meeting under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) was conducted through video conference on April 30, 2024, under the leadership of Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson of the NCVET.

The important takeaways from the discussion were as follows:

  1. The Committee was apprised of the decision taken with respect to the range of notional hours for the NSQF alignment and approval of standalone Nano Credentials (NCs), Micro-Credentials (MCrs), and National Occupational Standards (NOSs).
    The details are as under:
  2. The committee was briefed about the work done under the committee for “Re-assessment and fixing the minimum pass percentage for Skill Based Courses in VETS”.
  3. A total of 191 qualifications (115 New Qualifications, 59 Revised Qualifications, 10 NOSs and 7 Micro Credentials) were placed before the committee for the requisite approvals.
  4. The Directorate of Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) recognized as an Awarding Body (dual category) with Pan India Jurisdiction had submitted a request for the adoption of 13 pre-existing NSQF aligned and approved qualifications developed by various Awarding Bodies.
    The details of the qualification developed by FFSC for adoption by JSS are as follows:



April 2024

36th NSQC Meeting held on March 15, 2024

The 36th National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) meeting under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) was conducted through video conference on March 15, 2024, under the leadership of Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson of the NCVET.

The important takeaways from the discussion were as follows:

  1. With reference to the requirement for rationalisation of qualifications through Integration of Employability Skills (ES) and adjustment of Notional Hours to Align with National Credit Framework (NCrF), the Committee took note of the current status and directed all the remaining ABs to expedite and complete the rationalization of their pending qualifications.
  2. The Committee directed all Awarding Bodies to provide a comprehensive list of their respective Line Ministries, including the contact details of the relevant officials or Single Point of Contact (SPOC). This process would enable NCVET to align concerned ministries and conduct orientation workshops for active participation in future.
  3. The committee was informed that a committee is formed through an order dated March 7, 2024 for introducing a system of Re- assessment and fixing the minimum pass percentage for Skill Based Courses in VETS.
  4. The Committee was apprised about the current situation on content availability and instructed all the ABs to expedite the submission of the Trainer's and Trainee's Handbook for each PMKVY 4.0 qualification before the next 37th meeting of NSQC. Without these documents, the SSCs would not be able to implement PMKVY qualifications.
  5. The committee directed that OJT shall only be included as mandatory component in all the qualifications submitted by ABs. Along with this, all ABs while submitting qualifications for NSQF alignment and approval to mandatorily mention the relevant sub-sectors along with the sectors.
  6. The Committee accorded approval to the archival of the 1057 NSQF aligned qualification from the NQR portal.
  7. The Committee also highlighted an instance where a qualification, which is being archived due to no training or expiry, but another AB wants to use the qualification or borrow some parts of it for implementation. In such cases, the AB concerned may pick up such qualification from the archived list, make modifications to it and bring it as a new qualification for NSQC approval and further implementation.
  8. Based on the SOP relating to VETS detailing out credits applicability, the validity of the credits earned after undergoing training in a NSQF aligned and approved qualification will depend on the type of VETS qualification. In case a student/ learner wishes to redeem the credits earned after the validity of the credits for a Skill-based course/ qualification has expired, they may go for re-validation of the credits of the course/ qualification through a well-defined assessment mechanism like RPL. The NSQC committee took a note of it and proposed that the parameter ‘Validity of the Credit Earned’ may be included as a mandatory criterion for NSQF alignment and approval of the qualifications. Suitable modifications would therefore be undertaken in the Qualification file template.
    • General /lifelong learning/cognitive learning: Lifetime validity
    • Conceptual learning with detailed skills: 7 years validity
    • Conceptual learning with skills on Future Technologies: 3 years Validity or as may be decided
  9. Under the directives of Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), the durations of PM Vishwakarma Advanced Training modules originally approved in 34th NSQC meeting were revised to the following:



March 2024

FFSC New Apprenticeship Curriculums

The Apprenticeship Curriculum is a nationally recognized program offering structured training in designated trades. It blends theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience, forming the basis for on-the-job training (OJT) in various sectors. With customizable modules, it fosters personalized learning, empowering individuals to advance their careers and bridge the gap between theory and practice.
A total of 13 curriculums have been approved by regulatory bodies.

Below is the list of those courses along with their respective specializations:

  1. Multipurpose Draughtsperson (Design and Build) at Level 3 with specializations in Interior Designing and Furniture Designing.
  2. Interior Designer at Level 5
  3. Multipurpose Assistant - Furniture Production and Installation at Level 3 with specializations in Wood Workshop, Machine shop, Packaging, Installation, Storekeeping & Warehousing, Surface Finishing, and Upholstery.
  4. Assistant Carpenter at Level 4
  5. Multipurpose Assistant - Furniture Business Development at Level 3 with specialization in Marketing, Sales and Distribution.

Leveraging the Apprenticeship Curriculum equips industries with skilled professionals yields several benefits:

  1. Enhanced workforce proficiency through structured training.
  2. Tailored learning experiences for individual career growth.
  3. Bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application.
  4. Facilitating seamless integration of apprentices into workplace environments.
  5. Fostering innovation and adaptability within the workforce.
  6. Contributing to industry sustainability and competitiveness.
  7. Providing a cost-effective solution for skill development and talent acquisition.



February 2024

35th NSQC Meeting held on January 31, 2024

The 35th National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) meeting under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) was conducted through video conference on January 31, 2024, under the leadership of Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson of the NCVET.

The important takeaways from the discussion were as follows:

  1. The Committee noted the current situation on content availability and instructed all the SSCs to expedite the submission of the Trainer's Handbook and Trainee's Handbook for each PMKVY 4.0 qualification before the next 36th meeting of NSQC. Without these documents, the SSCs would not be able to implement PMKVY qualifications.
  2. The Committee clarified that rationalization of qualifications refers to the process of aligning qualifications as per the provisions of National Credit Framework (NCrF) with the inclusion of Employability Skills and converting NOSs in multiples of 30 hours, as applicable, without amending the core NOSs of the qualification. Any changes over and above these will result in a revised qualification which shall be brought before the NSQC for NSQF alignment and approval.
  3. The committee directed all the ABs to expedite and complete the rationalization of their pending qualifications based on NCrF.
  4. The Committee was also informed that in many cases, early/urgent approval is required for the qualifications submitted for NSQF alignment and approval. To facilitate this, NCVET grants on-file approval to these qualification’s subject to submission of following documents: Case for urgency and need of the qualification, Complete docket along with the qualification as per the NSQF, Qualification handbook, trainer’s handbook and student’s handbook.
  5. It was reported to the Council that NCVET has created an adaptable Employability Skills (ES) model that integrates Life Skills (LS) and Soft Skills (SS) into a dynamic framework. There were originally 47 sub-modules total, spanning four different NCrF/NSQF Level variations, that were finalized under nine modules. Upon further deliberations, a total of 50 sub-modules have been finalized and the process of content development for these modules is underway.
  6. A total of 183 qualifications (119 New and 64 revised), 12 NOSs and 05 Micro-credentials were placed before the committee for the requisite approvals.
  7. The Committee was apprised about the ambiguity prevailing amongst the stakeholders regarding the usage of certain nomenclatures against the corresponding NSQF levels/ entry requirements of certain qualifications. In view of the same, the Committee laid out detailed instructions on the usage of nomenclatures against the corresponding NSQF levels/ entry requirements of certain qualifications applicable to both Defence and other qualifications, which is tabulated below:

  8. The committee directed all the Awarding Bodies to share a detailed list of respective line ministries along with the contact details of the concerned official/ SPOC. Accordingly, a capacity building session with the line ministries may be conducted to create awareness about the VETS initiatives in the ecosystem.
  9. The committee took a note of suggestions on approved certificate templates and directed that ‘Skill India’ logo shall be prominently displayed instead of watermark in the certificate. Additionally, the name of the assessment agency conducting the assessment for the particular qualification shall also be included in the certificate templates.
  10. The committee was apprised that unlike academic programs, the concept of re-assessments (Supplementary examinations) is not there in the Vocational Education and Training landscape. Additionally, the pass percentage of various Skill courses also varies from program to programs. The committee took note of the matter and directed NCVET to create a sub-committee to take decisions on the same.


Integration of Skill Qualifications in UG/PG Programs

The 35th National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) meeting under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) was conducted through video conference on January 31, 2024, under the leadership of Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson of the NCVET.

  1. Only a NOS/ MC/ Foundational Skill Courses (NSQF aligned and approved) of the duration of a single subject will be allowed to be taught in the UG/ PG program. Such a NOS/MC may only be offered as a subject and may not with the nomenclature of a job role. These shall conform to the NSQF implementation guidelines.
  2. Only those, NSQF aligned and approved qualifications/ job roles will be allowed to be taken up as part of UG/PG under the pursuing category which can be offered as a full semester course in the form of internship program/ Project of the duration of such courses, as per the curriculum design of the UG or PG course approved by the highest academic body of the higher education institution. These job roles shall conform to the NSQF norms and provisions.
  3. The nomenclature of all NOSs/ MCs shall be in the nature of a subject name or a skill or a competency. It shall not be shown to be a job role which could mislead the students or the employers.
  4. The Skill Courses which are embedded/ built in as a part of the curriculum in the Higher Education programs as per the provisions of NHEQF, the NHEQF norms shall apply. However, the nomenclature of such courses shall also be in the nature of a subject or a skill or a competency name. Such Qualifications shall be of level 4.5 and above. Similar fundamentals will also apply to all level 3.5 and level 4courses which are being offered in class 11th and 12th.
  5. Further, for any qualification/job role at supervisory or higher level, at least a ‘one or two years’ of experience, depending upon the established industry practices/ norms, of the previous level as an operator or executive or associate would be mandatory. This experience is applicable while considering the employment aspect and not the training aspect. It may however, be noted that for undertaking supervisory role skill courses, the learners should have acquired the necessary skill/experience required to undertake that course.
  6. It may be clarified that progression on the academic access does not automatically authorize or enable a person to gain the qualification for a job role on skill axis unless the learner possesses the requisite qualification of the previous skill level or has adequate experience to perform the job role.
  7. Normally the total number of years of academic education and relevant experience considered for entry to an NSQF level qualification has been kept at the corresponding academic NCrF level plus one year. Also, while considering the equivalence of the work experience with the skill and academic learning experience factor of 1.5 has been applied. These shall be kept mind while proposing any new qualifications.
  8. As the entry qualification of 12th or 10th it should be recorded as 12th equivalent (Academic) or 10th equivalent (Academic) rather than giving unnecessary and obvious options like 8th/ 10 plus NTC/ NAC/ CTS/ CITS etc as may be applicable.
  9. The experience, wherever mentioned, shall only be considered if it is relevant to the job role being considered. Similarly, wherever UG and PG branch of study has relevance to the specific job roles that shall also be mentioned in the qualification.
  10. The NSQC committee highlighted that a separate detailed SOP for integration of Skill based courses in Education (both School and Higher Education) is being prepared and will be shared with all Awarding Bodies.


New WorldSkills Qualifications under Furniture Sector

The 35th National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) meeting under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) was conducted through video conference on January 31, 2024, under the leadership of Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson of the NCVET.

In Feb 2024, 3 new FFSC Qualifications were approved by NCVET, namely:

  1. Carpenter (WorldSkills)- NSQF Level 4.5
  2. Carpenter (WorldSkills)- NSQF Level 4.5
  3. Joiner (WorldSkills)- NSQF Level 4.5

The purpose of these qualifications is to ensure that the skills and competencies being covered under the WorldSkills and IndiaSkills Competition shall be aligned to the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF).
Accordingly, upon successful assessment at each level of competition, a specific set of credits will be awarded to the candidates based on NEP guidelines:



December 2023

34th NSQC Meeting held on November 30, 2023

The 34th National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) meeting under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) was conducted through video conference on November 30, 2023, under the leadership of Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson of the NCVET.

The important takeaways from the discussion were as follows:

  1. The Committee took note of the pending qualifications pertaining to the WorldSkills Certification process and advised all the SSCs to develop and submit the remaining qualifications for approval by 35th NSQC meeting.
  2. A total of 105 qualifications (103 New and 02 revised), 12 NOSs and 05 Micro-credentials were placed before the committee for the requisite approvals.
  3. A detailed status report for the pending Trainee's Handbook and Trainer’s Handbook under PMKVY 4.0 Qualifications was presented before committee, with their need on urgent basis. Subsequently, the committee instructed all the respective ABs to develop the pending books for these qualifications, affirming the development of the content within 3 months (90 days) from the qualification approval date, failing which the qualifications shall be deactivated/ archived.
  4. With reference to the Advanced Training Module (120 hours) under PM Vishwakarma scheme, the committee instructed the respective Awarding Bodies to submit their advanced qualifications of 120 hours for NSQF alignment and approval by NSQC. Subsequently, NSDC to prepare and submit the learning material/ content for all approved qualifications (under the Basic Module) in Bhartiya languages to ensure enhanced learning outcomes of the training for the Vishwakarmas.



November 2023

33rd NSQC Meeting held on November 1, 2023

The 33rd National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) meeting under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) was conducted through video conference on November 1, 2023, under the leadership of Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson of the NCVET.

The important takeaways from the discussion were as follows:

  1. The Committee took note of the pending qualifications due for rationalization (ES, 30 hr. NOS Duration, etc.) and on special request of the Awarding Bodies, the Committee decided to provide a final extension of one month’s time period for all the recognized ABs to complete the rationalization of their remaining NSQF aligned and approved qualifications latest by 30th November 2023.
  2. The committee was given a brief for the work done so far on creating a separate section on SID for onboarding all the ABs and Assessment agencies. The appropriate suggestions and inputs were given by NCVET team regarding the process flow.
  3. The Committee took note of the status of ToT ToA Training programs and reiterated that all the NCVET recognized ABs and AAs are required to promptly submit their Trainer of Trainers (ToT) and Trainer of Assessors (TOA) calendars to NCVET and upload/ display the same on their respective websites. The Committee stated that Awarding Bodies that fail to provide these details may not be eligible for participation in schemes such as PMKVY and PM Vishwakarma.
  4. A total of 58 qualifications (52 New and 06 revised), 04 NOSs and 05 Micro-credentials were placed before the committee for the requisite approvals.
  5. The Committee was apprised that NCVET has recently upgraded the National Qualification Register (NQR) portal, which is currently live with the new enhancements and functionalities.
  6. All the Awarding Bodies have been advised to submit the new, revised and rationalized qualifications in the following format for smooth transition from old NQR portal to a new one:
    • Industry validation as per the existing format
    • Line Ministry concurrence
    • Evidence of need
    • Occupational Map
    • Photograph of each qualification in JPG format (not exceeding 50 KB)
    • NOS Table in excel format (Format specified in 33rd NSQC MOM)

The Committee requested all the concerned CEOs of the recognized Awarding Bodies to personally check their respective qualifications in collaboration with the concerned NCVET officials and provide a confirmation regarding the correctness of the same.



October 2023

32nd NSQC Meeting held on September 29th, 2023

The 32nd meeting of the National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) meeting under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) was conducted through video conference on September 29, 2023 under the leadership of Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson of the NCVET.

The important takeaways from the discussion were as follows:

  1. The ‘PM Vishwakarma’ scheme was launched by the honourable Prime Minister on 17th September 2023 under the aegis of MSME & MSDE. The committee approved PM Vishwakarma qualifications (Upskilling NOS) for which a separate section is created on NQR & has asked NSDC to intimate the list of identified training centers under ‘PM Vishwakarma’ scheme. For FFSC, NOSs relating to Carpenter and Boat Maker trades were approved by the committee under the PMVK scheme.
  2. The Skill India Digital (SID) portal was launched on 14th September 2023, as the earlier Skill India Portal (SIP) which has undergone transformative changes has now been subsumed under Skill India Digital Platform. NCVET administered the Registration & on-boarding of the recognized Awarding Bodies and Assessment Agencies on SID. All stakeholders (Except Defense ABs) were given instructions to comply with the process of registration on SID once approved and intimate the same to NCVET accordingly.
  3. The committee had directed all ABs to prepare the Basic modules of 40 hrs each and an additional 10 hrs of e-content for each qualification to be delivered as digital learning material (video clips in Indian languages) on learning the new toolkits which will be offered as pre-course. The videos for e-content can be taken from YouTube or other platforms keeping the infringement of copyrights issues in mind, due procedure needs to be followed by all ABs.
  4. SSCs should comply with the rationalization exercise for PMKVY 4.0 Qualifications (611) approved by NCVET in the 24th NSQC meeting held on November 2022. Submission of the same needs to be done before the next NSQC meeting. These qualifications can be considered for rationalization in the multiples of 30 hours including the inclusion of ES modules in line with NCrF which has been made mandatory.
  5. The Committee was given a brief account on the work done by the sub-committee on the flexible models of Employability Skills (ES) also encompassing Soft Skills (SS) and Life Skills (LS) which are being developed by NCVET as a dynamic framework. The Committee was apprised that the structure of nine (09) main modules with further forty- seven (47) sub-modules, in four variants of NCrF/ NSQF Levels, have been finalised. The final guidelines will be shared soon in upcoming month for the committee approvals.
  6. The Committee was apprised that a total of 165 (138 New and 27 Revised) qualifications, 04 NOS and 09 Micro Credentials (MCs) were received at NCVET as on 22nd September 2023. Out of which, a total of 106 (102 New and 4 Revised) qualifications, 04 NOS and 08 MCs have been considered for placing in this NSQC.
  7. All ABs were directed to submit their ToT and ToA calendars on SIP before 33rd NSQC meeting.
  8. The committee mentioned that all ABs need to prioritize the conduct of training on Future Qualifications and update the status of the same to NCVET.
  9. The meeting advised SSCs to offer AI based skill courses on SID for various relevant sectors. Accordingly, the Guidelines have been prepared by NCVET on “National Program for Artificial Intelligence” which has been shared with all for public validation.
  10. The committee directed all ABs to take up the rationalization of Qualifications based on the new NCrF guidelines. The committee also highlighted that the priority should be given to a total of 611 PMKVY 4.0 Qualifications which were approved in 24th NSQC meeting.


Workshop organized by ChangeInkk Foundation on SLDs (Specific Learning Disabilities)

The Capacity Building Workshop on inclusion of SLDs (Specific Learning Disabilities) in the Skill Development Ecosystem was organised by ChangeInkk Foundation in partnership with NSDC (National Skill Development Corporation). The meeting was held on three different days in October 2023, namely the 25th, 27th, and 31st.

The key highlights of the program were:

  • The principles of diversity, equity and inclusion within the Employment and Skilling Education system was emphasized to ensure that the workforce and opportunities presented to them must align with goals of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 & other Educational Institutions.
  • The meeting spotlighted the normalization of Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016 in the mainstream system.
  • A Brief account on RPwD Act through following the advocacy of the provisions laid by the Govt. under the Constitutional building blocks were given to the participants:
    1. FRs (Fundamental Rights) i.e, Article 21A (Right to Education)
    2. Promoting the envisaged ideals of Article 15 which states (prohibition of discrimination against any citizen on the grounds of religion, caste, sex, race, place of birth or disability) with illustrations of eminent personalities such as Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Wright Brothers, etc.
  • The program aimed to spread awareness among the professionals to inculcate and understand what exactly Disability is all about, enlightening their pre-conceived notions related to the term they have heard. Fostering to create and develop content based upon the needs of PwD section of the society for implementation of Inclusive Education.
  • Further, the discussion took place on NEP Mandates along with RPwD Act (2016) and initiatives taken by CBSE to empower the Disabled people was displayed with statistics.
  • The workshop also emphasized on the challenges faced by disabled people despite getting the supportive legal & policy assistance from the govt. with reference to detailed account on the types of Disability an individual can suffer from.

The Meeting Emphasised on Different types of Disability found in PwD section such as:

  • Dysgraphia (writing Disabilities)-In this type of disability an individual faces difficulty in writing.
  • Dyscalculia (Calculation Disability)- An individual is not able to perform normal calculation and takes more time to respond when time related activity is performed.
  • Dyslexia- impacts the language (this term is commonly used for stating the disabilities) –In this type of Disability an individual find difficulty in Reading a Content.


  • September 2023

    31th NSQC Meeting held on August 31st, 2023

    The 31th meeting of the National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) meeting under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) was conducted through video conference on August 31st 2023, under the leadership of Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson of the NCVET.

    The important takeaways from the discussion were as follows:

    1. The Committee emphasized the importance of timely uploading of ToT & ToA calendars by the Awarding Bodies on SIP and their respective portals.
    2. The committee advised 17 Awarding Bodies from Army trade to adopt the existing qualification and make necessary changes based on their requirement to obviate duplication of the effort. A list of all such qualifications being proposed for adoption by the Indian Army ABs be sent to Army Training Command (ARTRAC) and a consolidated list duly vetted by ARTRAC be submitted before NSQC for considering grant of approval.
    3. A detailed report on NCO code committee findings were presented before the committee members. The Chairperson NSQC also lauded the handbook prepared by the members of the committee for ease of assigning the NCO codes. As granting recognition of status of Awarding Bodies to various entities is an ongoing process, he advised NCVET to undertake such workshops periodically for the new recognised Awarding Bodies. The Committee endorsed and approved the same.
    4. A total of 243 qualifications (173 New and 70 revised) and one (01) standalone NOS were placed before the committee for the requisite approvals.
    5. Furniture and Fitting Skill Council (FFSC) six (06) new qualifications and seven (07) revised qualifications presented before the Committee were approved. The committee also advised the AB to add a component of use of composite material, fiberglass iron and steel ferrocement as a part of NOS in the learning outcome of the qualification ‘Assistant Wooden Boat Maker’.
    6. The Committee was given a detailed account of the ‘PM Vishwakarma’ scheme being launched under the aegis of MSME & MSDE along with the salient features of the scheme. The committee emphasized on the development of basic training modules for 40hr. training with specific domain and platform modules as well as developing ToT and ToA modules for effective training delivery. The Scheme Implementing Agency, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), was directed to submit the list of identified training centers (including Government ITIs, RSETI institutes, JSS Centers, MSME Tool rooms etc.) to the NCVET for information of the NSQC committee in the next meeting.
    7. The committee accorded ‘In-principle’ approval to all the 18 trades under PM Vishwakarma scheme. The committee further advised that as these qualifications are being given approval for special projects hence a separate section be created on NQR for "PM Vishwakarma Scheme Qualifications".
    8. Based on the new NCrf, DGT was directed to revised the qualification durations of all the CTS and CITS courses from 1600 hrs. to 1200 hrs. Based on this directive, DGT had submitted restructured 55 CITS Qualifications for NSQF alignment and approval. The committee was informed that these are long term training qualifications and scrutiny of these qualifications is under process. The Committee took note of the same and accorded ‘In Principle’ approval to 55 CITS Qualifications subject to completion of these qualifications on NQR portal by 15th September 2023.



    August 2023

    FFSC New approved qualification & revised qualification

    Furniture and Fittings Skill Council (FFSC) introduced (6 New Qualifications and 7 Revised Qualifications) at 31st Meeting of National Skills Qualification Committee (NSQC), extending its reach and impact in the vocational training sector. These qualifications cover a range of job roles, each with specific entry requirements, progression pathways, and industry validation.

    The six newly approved qualifications are:

    1. Multipurpose Assistant- Furniture Production and Installation (NSQF Level 3)
    2. Assistant Wooden Boat Maker (NSQF Level 4)
    3. Assistant Panelworks Machine Operator (NSQF Level 4)
    4. Panelworks Machine Operator (NSQF Level 4.5)
    5. Multipurpose Draughtsperson (Design and Build) (NSQF Level 3)
    6. Multipurpose Assistant- Furniture Business Development (NSQF Level 3)

    FFSC has also revised seven existing qualifications to meet evolving industry standards and requirements.

    1. Assistant Carpenter (NSQF Level 4)
    2. Carpenter with Electives (NSQF Level 4.5)
    3. Master Carpenter (NSQF Level 5)
    4. Draughtsperson (Interior Design) (NSQF Level 4)
    5. Assistant Interior Designer (NSQF Level 4.5)
    6. Interior Designer (NSQF Level 5)
    7. Assistant Project Manager (Interior Design) (NSQF Level 5.5)

    Industry Validation: All qualifications have undergone industry validation (30 validations) to ensure that the training provided aligns with industry standards and requirements. This validation underscores the relevance and applicability of the qualifications in real-world scenarios.

    The Furniture and Fittings Skill Council continues to play a pivotal role in bridging the skills gap and enhancing employment opportunities in the sector. These new qualifications and revisions demonstrate FFSC's commitment to providing high-quality vocational training and supporting the growth of skilled workers in the furniture and fittings industry. With the new and revised qualifications, the candidates will be presented with more apprenticeship, skilling, re-skill, and upskill opportunities.



    July 2023

    CBSE signs MoUs with FFSC for teachers’ training, skill development

    FFSC signed MOU with CBSE for initiating Skilling programs in Schools, in presence of Minister of State (Ministry of Education).

    A big step towards mainstreaming vocational education in schools.

    This shall open doors for adoption of our programs by schools and kick-starting awareness and capacity building drives.


    FFSC NOS members felicitation during the 8th Foundation Day

    FFSC felicitated its #SkillExperts. These dedicated professionals have played a pivotal role in crafting training curriculums and have been instrumental as National Occupational Standard Members. Their expertise and commitment have shaped the skill development landscape in the Interiors, Furniture & Allied sectors.



    June 2023

    30th NSQC Meeting held on June 23rd, 2023

    The 30th meeting of the National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) meeting under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) was conducted through video conference on June 23rd 2023, under the leadership of Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson of the NCVET.

    The important takeaways from the discussion were as follows:

    • The Committee approved the necessary editorial improvements in the existing templates and the six new certificate templates for Short-Term training (STT) were introduced. These certificates are:
      1. School Boards
      2. Standalone National Occupation Standard (NOS)
      3. Micro-Credentials
      4. Recognition of Prior Learning with Upskilling
      5. Reskilling
      6. Upskilling
    • The chairperson approved the interim extension of validity for 28 qualifications from CSDCI until 29th April 2023 or until the revision of these qualifications, whichever is earlier, to maintain the continuity of the training and certification.
    • The Committee reviewed 181 qualifications and 6 NOSs submitted for NSQF alignment and approval. Qualifications from recognized Awarding Bodies, including CBSE, NIOS, NIELIT, WBSCTVESD, BECIL, Automotive Skills Development Council, Domestic Workers & others, were submitted for approval.
    • The ABs were directed to rationalize the current qualifications based on NSQF guidelines having a duration in multiple of 30 hours and inclusion of Employability Skills (ES) NOS in them.
    • The committee guided the ABs to upload their ToT/ToA calendars on the SIP portal and encouraged all ABs to collaborate with government training centers to implement their ToT/ToA programs.
    • The suggestion to form a committee was proposed to prevent the duplicity of new qualifications with the existing approved qualifications and prepare the guidelines for the same.


    Orientation Session & Exhibition at JD Institute : Bengaluru

    FFSC and JD School of Design successfully organized the JD Design Awards on June 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2023, at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Bengaluru, Karnataka. Over 110 interior designs were showcased, featuring virtual reality, augmented reality, product design, and interior styling.

    During the event, FFSC conducted an informative orientation session for Interior Design students, highlighting various job roles in the industry and addressing the existing skills gap. Certificates were awarded to the winners, runners-up, and all the exhibitors, recognizing their talent and participation.


    Redesign Your Classroom Challenge: Vidya Niketan Schools, Kerala

    FFSC organized an orientation session and skill competition for middle school students in Kerala. The event aimed to introduce students to the Design Build & Install concept and shed light on various career paths within the Interiors & Furniture Industry.

    During the ‘Redesign your Classroom Challenge’ skill competition, students actively participated in classroom recce, sketching their designs, and presenting their ideas to the audience. It provided them with hands-on experience while showcasing their creativity and communication skills.

    The event was a great success, inspiring students and helping them explore the exciting world of interior design and furniture manufacturing.



    May 2023

    29th NSQC Meeting held on May 3, 2023

    The 29th meeting of the National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) meeting under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) was conducted through video conference on May 3rd, 2023, under the leadership of Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson of the NCVET.

    The important takeaways from the discussion were as follows:

    • The Committee confirmed the minutes of the 29th meeting of the NSQC, and approving the editorial changes in the MOM of 25th & 28th NSQC held on 5th January.
    • A detailed account of Action taken Report of the Minutes of 28th NSQC was approved instructing all ABs to check their qualifications for NCO mapping and sharing of the list of qualification not having NCO code or not fitting into any existing NCO code.
    • The NCVET recommended that the Ministry of Labour and Employment organize a capacity-building program for NCVET-recognized awarding bodies to align NCO codes with qualifications.
    • The NCVET appraised the formulation of guidelines for "diploma" and “advanced diploma” qualifications and is in the process of being notified.
    • All ABs are directed to submit qualifications in a bilingual format using the updated Q-file template. The revised occupational map (OM) and career progression template are finalized and aligned with NCrF and NCO 2015, and the same has been circulated to all the stakeholders.
    • NSQC directed all ABs to provide an indicative photograph of the job roles/qualifications being submitted for NSQF alignment and approval.



    April 2023

    28th NSQC Meeting held on March 29, 2023

    The 28th meeting of the National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) meeting under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) was conducted through video conference on March 29, 2023, under the leadership of Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson of the NCVET.

    The important takeaways from the discussion were as follows:

    • The Committee confirmed the minutes of the 27th meeting of the NSQC, and action taken on the MOM was approved.
    • Two sessions of the “Committee on Mapping of NCO Codes with NSQF Aligned Qualifications” were held to confirm NCO code mapping accuracy with all ABs' having current NSQF-approved qualifications. So far, 256 qualifications have been identified with incorrect NCO codes, and 347 were not assigned NCO codes.
    • The NCVET recommended that the Ministry of Labour and Employment organize a capacity-building program for NCVET-recognized awarding bodies to align NCO codes with qualifications.
    • The NCVET appraised the formulation of guidelines for "diploma" and “advanced diploma” qualifications and is in the process of being notified.
    • All ABs are directed to submit qualifications in a bilingual format using the updated Q-file template. The revised occupational map (OM) and career progression template are finalized and aligned with NCrF and NCO 2015, and the same has been circulated to all the stakeholders.
    • NSQC directed all ABs to provide an indicative photograph of the job roles/qualifications being submitted for NSQF alignment and approval.



    March 2023

    1st Machine Operator NOS Group Meeting

    The 1st NOS Group Meeting for Machine Operator occupation was organized via Online conferencing on March 24, 2023.

    This group consists of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from across the industry, all of whom have dedicated their time and expertise to developing National Occupational Standards (NOS) and associated courseware relating to machine operator job roles.

    The FFSC NOS Group conducted its first meeting, where the discussion of the details of the NOS and courseware was held. The event will provide an excellent opportunity to gain insight into industry trends and hear from field experts.

    The list of Machine Operator NOS Group members are as.


    27th NSQC Meeting held on February 28, 2023

    The 27th National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) meeting under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) was conducted through video conference on February 28, 2023, under the leadership of Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson of the NCVET.

    The important takeaways from the discussion were as follows:

    • A committee was constituted for the mapping of qualifications with NCO codes. The CEOs from all the sector skill councils were divided into nine groups, each headed by an SSC CEO to provide the details and insights on the NCO codes mapping and challenges they faced.
    • Under the GoI scheme ‘Samagra Shiksha,’ multiple awarding bodies in collaboration with the CBSE/State School Boards are implementing the training and assessment of selected NSQF-aligned and approved short-term qualifications/job roles. NCVET allows the recognized awarding bodies in the dual category like CBSE to train, assess, and certify the candidate with NCVET-aligned job roles on their own or can collaborate with SSC/ABs for the same.
    • The NCVET released the guidelines on using the NCVET logo and issuing certification for the Awarding bodies.
    • The committee directed the NCDC to develop an interface on Skill India Digital (SDI) along with NIELET to issue 12 NCVET-approved certificates used in various training schemes, especially fee-based certificates.
    • Upon the request from MSDE for the training of job roles at NSQF level 4 and above based on industry demand, the committee approved a total of 81 revised qualifications for six months with 210 hours of training duration and other modifications for the usage in STT training.
    • The committee granted the reinstatement to RASCI as an awarding body (standard).



    February 2023

    26th NSQC Meeting held on January 31, 2023

    The 26th National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) meeting under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) was conducted through video conference on January 31, 2023, under the leadership of Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson of the NCVET.

    The important takeaways from the discussion were as follows:

    • The 128 skill sets for various trades under 19 Institutes of the Tri-Services of India have been identified and mapped to the existing NSQF-aligned and approved Qualifications. NCVET also organized a two-day conference for Armed Forces officials to instruct them on developing and aligning qualifications according to NSQF criteria.
    • NCVET will take the necessary measures to modify NCO codes to incorporate appropriate work categories depending on future needs and offer stakeholders clarity on the standard occupation in the nation. It was recommended that the Committee be chaired by Dr. Vinita Aggarwal, Executive Member of NCVET, and consist of members from the Ministry of Labour and Employment, MSDE, UGC, AICTE, NCVET, DGT, NSDC, and a few Awarding Bodies to be formed.
    • The NSQC approved two new Certificate Templates for Upskilling/ Reskilling and Apprenticeship Qualifications (OT) for ABs other than DGT.
    • NCVET has designed a new Occupational Map template to correspond with the NCrF requirements and incorporate NCO-2015 codes. The redesigned template has been circulated to committee members and other stakeholders for comments by February 17, 2023, to NCVET at director-policy@ncvet.gov.in.
    • The NCVET has archived 874 inactive qualifications initially approved in 2015, 2016, and 2017. All such credentials are now accessible through the NQR portal ‘archive section.


    January 2023

    25th NSQC Meeting held on January 5, 2023

    The 25th National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC) meeting under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) was conducted through video conference on January 5, 2023, under the leadership of Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson of the NCVET.

    The important takeaways from the discussion were as follows:

    • Guidelines on the adoption of Qualifications by Awarding Bodies are now being developed and will be released shortly to make them more inclusive of content requirements, including NOSs, micro-credentials, ToT, ToA, and other needs.
    • A total of 48 qualifications (32 new and 16 revised), 2 NOSs, and 5 MCs were submitted to the committee for approval by different Awarding Bodies (ABs)
    • Additionally, the committee elucidated the usage of the same STT certificate template for the CSR and industry-funded training programs.
    • The committee considered ideas from different ABs for other certificate templates for different Upskilling Courses (other than the RPL certificate template). It directed NCVET to formalize another template for the same.
    • The National Credit Framework (NCrF) draught has been finalized following many stakeholder meetings and public engagement. It will be sent to the relevant authorities for approval and dissemination.
    • All 19 Institutions of the Tri-Services of India, i.e., the Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, and the 17 Directorates of the Indian Army, have been formally integrated into the skill ecosystem of MSDE/NCVET under the 'Punah Sthapan' program by being recognized as Awarding Bodies (dual category).
    • The NCVET-recognized ABs were tasked with affiliating quality Training Centres in accordance with their needs, particularly for fee-based programs in future skills, new technological sectors, or in-demand career vocations.


    Introduction to Infurnia Software

    Infurnia is cloud-native architectural software that enables you to apply BIM smoothly in your designs, communicate across functions, and manage your data effectively. A central tenet of Infurnia's vision is to create an integrated platform where all stakeholders involved in the design, build, and operation phases of a building's lifecycle can seamlessly communicate over the same digital design. The use case can involve the architects designing the building, the engineers performing strength analysis, the site contractors developing, the facilitators, managers, and the end customers.

    The Infurnia Team put up a presentation to provide attendees with an overview of the software's many different capabilities. There were FFSC master trainers, SMSs, and members of the National Occupational Standards Team present for the workshop (NOS). The talks were held on the use of Infurnia in various training initiatives, as well as the ways in which it may be promoted to various stakeholders based on their requirements.



    December 2022

    8th Board of Standards Sub Committee:

    FFSC organized the 8th Board of Standards Sub Committee meeting on 30th November’2022 for the newly elected BoS committee members from Pidilite, Homag, Livespace, and finesse interio. Nominations for convenors of Qualification Development and Capacity Building were initiated. Based on the consent of members, the following members have been appointed as the co-convenors for the year 2022-2023.

    Co-Convenors: Capacity Building :

    • Mr. Rajesh Balakrishnan (represented by Dr. Shukla)
    • Mr. Venkatramana Gorti (represented by Mr. Suresh)

    Co-Convenors: Qualification Development :

    • Mr. Gopal Dwivedi
    • Mr. Jagdish Mistry



    November 2022

    CBSE and FFSC to initiate Pilot Project on Introduction of Interiors & Furniture Skill Modules in Schools

    The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will introduce Interior and Furniture based Skill modules for students in schools. The move is in line with the CBSE's vision to prepare students for the future by equipping them with the skills they need to succeed in the global economy. It is also in keeping with the government's 'Skill India' initiative, which aims to provide employment-oriented training to the youth.

    The modules have been designed to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a career in interior design and furniture making. They will be taught as part of the regular curriculum in all CBSE-affiliated schools. The modules cover a wide range of topics such as furniture making, furniture design, space planning, color theory, lighting, etc. They also include practical woodworking, modular furniture assembly, and installation sessions. The modules will be offered as elective subjects and conducted by trained professionals. Students who complete the modules will be awarded a certificate by the CBSE. The modules will go a long way in helping students become well-rounded individuals ready to take on the challenges of the real world.


    Content Creation Workshop for Skill India by NSDC

    National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has conducted a workshop on Quality standards for Content development and e-courses availability. The objective of the workshop was to sensitize the content developers about the importance of quality standards in content development. The workshop was attended by representatives from various SSCs and their content SPOCs.

    During the workshop, the participants were apprised of the various quality standards for content development. A checklist of required specs and SOPs was presented to participants for uniformity in content development across different entities.

    They were also informed about the launch of a new web portal by NSDC which will host all the e-content developed by different organizations. The web portal will help in standardizing the e-content and will also provide a platform for learners to access different content under one platform under the vision of “Free Education for All” by GOI. It is a welcome step by NSDC to promote quality content development in the country.


    Awareness Workshops on Draft National Credit Framework (NCrF)

    The launch of NCrF would act as an umbrella to all the other different bodies, promoting the integration of Academic and Vocational domains. An awareness workshop was hosted by IIT Delhi for the Stakeholders Consultation on Draft National Credit Framework (NCrF) jointly developed by UGC, AICTE, NCVET, NCERT, CBSE, NIOS, DoSEL, DoHE, MoE and MSDE on 21st November 2022 at IIT Delhi.

    These kind of workshops would be conducted across PAN India to get inputs from the different stakeholders till 30th Nov. Multiple meeting would be conducted to get the feedback.


    Preparation for Launch of PMKVY 4.0

    The fourth edition of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is expected to be launched by the Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry (MSDE) shortly. Six Job Roles from FFSC has been selected for the same. FFSC will soon be aligning TOT/TOA Batches to create a pool of trainers and assessors for the selected job roles.



    October 2022

    Workshop at NSTI, Noida

    FFSC team was invited by the National Skill Training Institute (NSTI), Noida to conduct an orientation session and knowledge workshop where students were briefed about the importance of skilling through vocational education and the industry demands in the field of Interior Design.
    Students were also given a demo of modular furniture assembly.
    The hands-on activity of assembling a chair and a cabinet was also conducted for students by the team.


    Meeting at NSDC for Agniveer

    Under the Agniveer Yojna all the SSC’s inclung FFSC were invited for the briefing and introduction with the Army officers.
    Under the Yojna different trainings and traits given to the officials were mapped against the SSC and small groups were formed for further detailed discussions.
    The next meeting was within the group where qualifications were discussed to be mapped against the trait.


    Launch of NCrF

    Union Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan launched a draft of National Credit Framework (NCrF) on October 19th in New Delhi for public consultation. Propagating the vision of National Education Policy (NEP) NCrF enables the integration of academic and vocational eductaion. Mr. Pradhan said that the NCrF would act as an umbrella for skilling, upskilling, re skilling, accredation and evaluation encompassing our people in eductaion and skilling institutions.
    “NCrF recognises no hard separation between different areas of learning, i.e. arts and sciences, vocational and academic streams, curricular and extra-curricular for the purpose of assignment of credits and credit levels,” the draft stated.


    Appreciation to NOS Group Members in Furniture Skills Global Conclave

    FFSC recognized the contributions of several industry organizations, stalwarts and professionals for their unwavering support and contribution towards the fulfilment of Mission 2025 being the NOS group member of Furniture Installation & Interior Designing occupations.

    • Interior Designing NOS Member

    • Furniture Installation NOS Member

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