In Switzerland vocational education guarantees both good employment and the foundations of a high-tech economy. The various Swiss initiatives to introduce the Swiss Dual Vocational Educational System at a mass level in India are thus contributing to India 's development. India welcomes such initiatives to introduce Swiss best practices into the Indian vocational education and training sector, which is being boosted by reforms to make it world class and answer the needs of a growing high-tech economy and of India’s youthful masses. Embassy of India is actively pursuing this win-win cooperation.
Joshi Foundation VET Projects
i. MOU on the Rajasthan Skills Education University
ii. Bharatiya Skills Development Campus
The Joshi Foundation has engaged in numerous philanthropic initiatives in India . In 2006, Dr. Joshi and Mrs Joshi started the Rajendra and Ursula Joshi Foundation in Zurich , Switzerland to bring the Swiss Dual System of Vocational education and Training to India . On 23 April 2016, in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan Smt. Vasundhara Raje, the State Government of Rajasthan signed an MoU with the Bharatiya Skill Development Campus (BSDC) - to set up a Skill Education University in Rajasthan. BSDC was established by the Joshi Foundation to impart Vocational Education and Training adapted from Swiss Industrial experience and best practices. It is located at the Special Economic Zone, Mahindra World City, Jaipur.
The Skill Education University in Rajasthan will popularise vocational education in India . The University will lead to a bachelors or masters in vocational education and a PhD is also possible, with 80% for practical studies and 20% devoted to theory, following the best practices in the Swiss education system with practical training and theory imparted side-by-side. The Rajasthan Government has fully committed to support this initiative.
The Foundation also:
1. Donated US $ 1 million to support a Professorial Chair in the School of Historical Studies at Nalanda University, Bihar .
2. Supported UMANG to join hydraulic lifts to school buses for wheelchairs.
3.Co-financed the construction of a Girls College near Jaipur.
4. Contributed to construction for a new Industrial Training Centre (ITC) at Bhadesar, District Chittorgarh for Vocational Education and Training.
5. Most importantly, the Foundation set up a full-fledged Bharatiya Skill Development Campus in Jaipur entirely funded by it.