January 15, 2013, 12:00 am
Students of CBSE from class IX onwards will now learn retail, security, information and automobile technology. The board has introduced these vocational courses under the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF) from 2013-14 at level I.
Under the framework, various domains have been identified for implementation in schools starting from class IX onwards from the session 2013-2014, which includes retail, security , Information Technology and Automobile Technology.
Biswajit Saha, programme officer (vocational education) issued a circular on January 10.
Schools have been asked to offer all these courses of 200 hours each as additional compulsory subjects by rationalising the existing content for Stds IX and X on a pilot basis. Also, as a pilot programme, these courses have already been introduced in 42 schools affiliated to the board from the academic session 2012-13.
CBSE has asked schools to offer as an additional compulsory subject by rationalising the existing content for classes IX and X on pilot basis. Also, as a pilot programme these courses have already been introduced in 42 schools affiliated to the Board from the academic session 2012-13. The competency based curriculum package would consist of syllabus, student manual, trainers guide, training manual, teacher qualifications and multimedia packages and e-material to facilitate the successful implementation of the courses.
Such courses were the need of the hour, say students. “Vocational training helps us in acquiring practical skills which will help us in seeking a job. It’s beneficial for those students who are focused on what they want to do at an early age. I am fascinated by automobiles and wanted to study further on their workings, so I think the automobile technology course will help me,” said Sanjay Kapoor, a Std VIII student from Powai.