Bhubaneswar: The state government in association with US-Based Wadhani Foundation has introduced the scheme of vocational education programme in 208 secondary schools in the state on Wednesday here at Capital High School. The scheme has been introduced to create more skilled manpower and to enhance employability of high school students.
Under the scheme, students of class IX can opt for any of the four vocational streams including IT and ITEs, retail, travel and tourism and banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI).
School and Mass Education minister Debi Prasad Mishra said that the programme would increase the job prospects of the students and as such would reduce the dropout rates in schools. He also said that other streams like nursing and health care would also be implemented from the next academic session.
With plans of Plus Two to be merged with the higher secondary school, the course will have four levels starting from class IX to class XII.
As many as 360 vocational trainers have been appointed to impart vocational training to subject. Each subject will have 200 hours of course including 120 hours of practical and 80 hours of theory. The practical examination will be conducted by sector skill councils and the theory exam will be conducted by the Board of Secondary examination from 2018.
School and Mass Education department Commissioner-cum-Secretary Ranjana Chopra said that initially it will be implemented in 208 schools and later in all the schools in 314 blocks of the state. With the training being imparted and the text book prescribed in Odia language, the students would definitely be more attracted towards the scheme.
Among others, Director of Secondary Education Ratnakar Rout, Board of Secondary Education President Sushanta Kumar Das were also present on the occasion.