In India, a student who passes the 10+2 examination with Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics as subjects of study in the +2 level can gain admission to full time engineering degree program. Lateral entry directly to the 2nd year of the engineering program, up to the extent of 10% of the available seats, is also possible for 3 year Diploma holders. There is a lower and upper age limit for admission to these engineering programs as well a time limit for completing the program. Additionally, 4 year Part time Degree program is also offered by some Universities for the Diploma Holders. This program, however, does not have any age limits.
The present system does not allow a large number of 10+ITI pass students, B.Sc. , BCS, BCA, Degree holders as well as Diploma Holders an opportunity to advance their careers, as these Diploma/Certificate holders are unable to acquire higher Technical Education at a later stage in their careers or even immediately after acquiring first degree/ Diploma /Certificate.
On the other hand, many bright students miss the opportunity to enter an engineering college after passing out from 10+2 system due to factors such as weak socio - economic condition in the family, lack of awareness due to limited access to information and low accessibility of higher technical education in rural area and small towns.
The recent growth in the Indian economy has triggered an increased demand for skilled and trained human resource in the industry. The Conventional System of Higher Technical Education so far, has been unable to cope with this situation and it is highly likely that this gap between demand and supply may retard the growth of Indian Economy in the coming years.
It is in this context that a fresh look-in is needed to create a more accessible technical education program in India that can quickly convert an unemployable student into an employable one. This can be done through Stepped Technical Knowledge and Skill Development Program based on practical training that establishes a vertical linkage between technical educational programmes being offered after 10th standard and the Engineering Degree Programme of Universities.
IGNOU initiated Vertically Integrated Engineering Programme(VIEP) to create a system of education that allows students a greater choice in education. This Programme allow students who have passed the 10th Standard, 12th Standard Examinations and also those who already hold ITI certificates, Diploma, B.Sc., BCS, BCA or equivalent, to pursue a higher qualification starting from Advanced Certificate, Diploma and going up to Bachelor’s Degree in Technology.
VIEP initiated by IGNOU allows students to enter the stream of technical education upon passing the 10th standard examination. In this programme a student can obtain a diploma in Engineering or a Degree in Engineering or an Advanced Certificate in Engineering from IGNOU and then exit the Programme to join an industry for employment with the option of re-entry at a later point in time for perusing a higher certification/ degree.
However, after meeting the requirements for Advanced Certificate, the student will also have the option to continue education without breaking off for employment or otherwise and earn the balance credits for obtaining a Diploma. Further, after meeting the requirements for Diploma, the students may again exercise his option of breaking of or he/ she mat choose to continue technical education towards the goal of obtaining a Degree in Engineering. Also, the student may exercise his option of stream after diploma.
In effect, a student may join IGNOU-VIEP Programme after passing the 10th standard examination and remain a part of the Programme continuously for 6 years till the time he/ she gets a Degree in Engineering.
Commencement of the programme
The programme will commence from January 2010 preceded by an Induction / Bridge Trimester between October-December-2009.