The Government of India has identified skill development as a major area of focus in the education sector. Based on data from the 68th Round of the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), it is estimated that only 4.69 percent of India’s total workforce has undergone formal skill training, compared with 52 percent in the USA, 68 percent in the UK, 75 percent in Germany, 80 percent in Japan and 96 percent in South Korea. India continues to face a skilling challenge of vast proportions. Based on the Census 2011 and NSSO (68th Round) data, it is estimated that 104 million fresh entrants to the workforce will require skill training by 2022, and 298 million of the existing workforce will require additional skill training over the same time period. As per a report available on the University Grants Commission (UGC) website on Scheme of Community Colleges for Universities and Colleges, “It is estimated that by about 2025, India will have 25% of the world’s total workforce. In order to harness the full demographic dividend, India needs an educational system which is of high quality, affordable, flexible and relevant to the individuals, economy and to the society as a whole.”

Acknowledging the formidable scale of this challenge, the government has already taken several constructive initiatives. MHRD supported the Community Colleges concept and decided to set up 200 community colleges. Currently, there are more than 150 community colleges in India that are recognised by the UGC. Along with the expansion of the number of colleges, the government is also trying to ensure quality by collaborating with community colleges and associations in other countries including Canada. The Shastri Institute through its facilitation services will provide assistance to MHRD in identification of faculty in India and Canada for mutual benefit.

In Canada, community colleges are officially known by a range of titles, including Community College, Technical Institute, University College, and Cégep. All of these institutions have a primary function of responding to the training needs of business, industry and the public service sectors. Colleges maintain renowned Centres of Excellence in many fields such as information technology, mining, the environment, and hospitality and tourism. Other full- and part-time programs include health, business, academic upgrading, applied arts, social services, adult literacy, and university preparation.

This programme aims to identify faculty from Indian/Canadian institutions providing vocational education to get an exposure to the Indian/Canadian community college system. The Shastri Institute will also identify Indian Community Colleges to host identified faculty from Canada to enrich their knowledge base.  Another important component of this facilitation would be to identify an ideal teacher trainer/resource person from Canada in the major areas of vocational education to train a group of Indian faculty to impart advance knowledge and introduce new pedagogy. This will bring an international perspective to the training imparted to students at Indian institutions. The Institute will review the programme at the end of each year and changes will be made accordingly if needed, in consultation with the MHRD.

As per the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), MHRD has prioritized many areas of vocational education, such as Agriculture, Applied Arts, Automobiles, Communication, Construction, Economic & Finance, Entertainment, Information and Technology, Printing and Publishing, Tourism, and Para Medical.

The FDPVE programme will involve:-

  1. Outward Mobility (identified faculty from Indian Vocational institution to visit Canadian Vocational College);
  2. Inward Mobility (identified faculty from Canadian Vocational institution to visit Indian Vocational College).

Inward/Outward mobility with the aim of following activities can be proposed/undertaken:

  1. Train the Trainer;
  2. Conducting Workshops  in relevant/priority areas as identified by MHRD, GOI;
  3. Exploring opportunities for collaboration between identified Institutions of vocational learning;

Any interesting idea to build-up a joint Programme between Indian and Canadian institutions. ​

The Need and the Objective

To facilitate visits by faculty in Indian institutions imparting vocational education to Canadian community colleges for up to four weeks with the objective of helping them to understand the pedagogy, skill sets and curriculum of vocational courses available within the Canadian vocational education system. The four-week long enrichment would also enable them to gain sufficient exposure to develop a module to introduce on international perspectives to their existing curriculum and pedagogy to prepare the students for the international labour market.

Priority Areas of MHRD for Vocational Education (Source: As defined on AICTE website) 

1. Agriculture: a) Food processing b) Farm Machinery & Power c) Soil and Water conservation d) Green House Technology e) Renewable Energy

2. Applied Arts: a) Fashion & Technology b) Interior design c) Jewellery design

3. Automobiles: a) Auto Electricals and Electronics b) Engine Testing c) Vehicle Testing d) Vehicle Quality e) Farm Equipment & Machinery

4. Communication:  Mobile Communication

5. Construction:  Construction & Building Technology

6. Economic & Finance: Retail

7. Entertainment:  Theatre & Stage Craft

8. Information and Technology:  Software & Development

9. Printing & Publishing:  Printing & Packaging Industry

10. Tourism:  Tourism

11. Para Medical


  • Faculty from all UGC/ AICTE approved Vocational Colleges, Universities and Polytechnics in India are eligible to apply.   
  • Faculty from all Federal and Provincial Government approved Vocational Colleges, Universities and Polytechnics in Canada are eligible to apply.    

 Evaluation Criteria: 

  • Effectiveness of the proposal to the concerned institute in India or Canada (15 points)
  • Expected Outcome of the proposal (15 points)
  • Objectives and Relevance of the proposal submitted in present era (10 points)
  • Educational Profile of the applicant (10 points)
  • Budget (Applicant may try to arrange additional contributions from other sources and from his/her own institution also) (10 points) 

Application Requirements:

  • Complete application along with all required documents at GMS Portal
  • Incomplete applications will not be entertained.
  • Employer’s endorsement is a must for application submission to avoid any unanticipated problem later on.
  • Minimum of two reference/support letters to be provided towards your candidature.
  • A letter of invitation from the host institution is must.
  • Certificate of Ethical Approval (if applicable).
  • Copy of the Passport. 

Value of Award: 750 CAD per week

Applications/Proposal with equal/partial contribution from the candidate’s institutions will have an advantage.

Fellowship package:

The fellowship package will include-

  1. Economy class airfare from the place of origin to the place of affiliation in the most direct route,
  2. Visa fee,
  3. Overseas Insurance.

Duration:  3 weeks.

Disbursement of Funds:

45% of the award amount will be disbursed upon signing of letter of agreement between SICI and recipient’s institution (closer to the date of travel); second installment of 45% will be disbursed upon submission of midterm report and expenditure statement  and remaining 10% to be released upon submission and approval of a final report to SICI by the recipient.

Application Form: Apply online at GMS portal

Reporting: Applicable to successful applicant only. Upload your final reports in prescribed format at

Report Format for Indian: 

Mid-Term Report: Coming Soon 

Final Report:  Coming Soon

Report Format for Canadian: 

Mid-Term Report: Coming Soon

Final Report: Coming Soon

Employer Endorsement  : Form 

Application Deadline: August 28, 2019.

Contact Address:

Ms. Reshma Rana Verma
Programme Officer 

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI)
5 Bhai Vir Singh Marg
New Delhi 110001
Call us at: 011 – 2374 6417; 2374 3114; & 2374 2677

Important Note:

  1. All the Grants/Fellowships will be subject to receipt of funds from MHRD, Govt. of India. 
  2. Shastri Institute reserves the right to change Fellowship amount and number of awards.
  3. The maximum limit for application form is 10 MB. Kindly compress your files if exceeding 10MB size.
  4. Canvassing in any form will result in disqualification.
  5. The decision of Adjudicators with respect to awards will be considered as Final decision.