The objectives of this study were: (1) To study the status of
school-industry linkages in vocational education at plus two stage with
reference to Teacher training, Identification of manpower needs, Student
admission, Curriculum development, Sharing infrastructrure, Expert services, Practical on the job training, Evaluation of the students, Apprenticeship
training, and Placement. (2) To study the effectiveness of school industry
linkage in vocational education at plus two stage. (3) To study the problems of
school-industry linkages. (4) To study the prospects (future) of school-industry
linkages. (5) To study a model for effective school-industry linkages in
vocational education at plus two stage.
The sample consists of 210 vocational education
teachers, 72 Principals of vocational education, 333 vocation education
students, 99 Industry Managers and 50 Delphi
experts selected through purposive sampling.
Data was collected with the help of questionnaire
developed by the investigator.
To study the present status, effectiveness and
problems of school-industry linkages, normative survey method was chosen by the
Content analysis and percentage were used for
analyzing the data.
The findings were: (1) The investigator observed through records
that most of the school authorities never try to send their teachers for
acquiring skill based vocational training in the particular trade and they
never try to collect reference material (literatrure) from big industries to
enrich their vocational teachers. (2) In Rajasthan as a whole and in all ranges
of Rajasthan except Kota
range, school-industrry linkage regarding teachers’ training programme is not
effective. It can just be considered as below average level. (3) Higher
authorities of Departemnt of Education do not take much interest in vocational
education. They just take it as a general course whereas philosophy of
vocational courses demands special attention that is different from academic
stream. (4) Maximum number of Dellphi experts have consensus on the statement
that status of vocational education will increase if there is closer
co-ordination between school and industry in the near future. (5) On the
reverse, they also give the consensus that this linkage between them will
increase and there is greater involvement of industry through adoption of
vocational schools by industry.
Keyword(s): Problems and Prospects, School-Industry Linkages