Drive To Boost Vocational Education in Odisha
After Karnataka, Odisha launched ‘Skills on wheels’ campaign under the Samagra Shiskha Abhiyan to popularise vocational education across state. ‘Skills on wheels’ will campaign at six selected government high schools in and around the capital city-‘Bhubneshwar’ for three days from July 18 to 20 to make students aware about the prospects of vocational education.
To serve the purpose, a mobile app is developed by the Technical Department Partner Lend-A-Hand. Lend-a-hand is a voluntary organisation which will provide the technical and project management support for implementation of scheme.
A number of certified trainers along with the students of Vocational Training will be travelling with the Mobile Lab to give hands on demonstration of the tools and explain the benefits.
Odisha is giving priority on implementation of vocational education at secondary and higher secondary schools with a view to augment the skills and increase the employability.
At present, around 25,500 students in 314 high schools are studying vocational education as 3rd language and appearing in exam of 100 marks. It is being offered in six subjects including IT and ITES retail, travel and tourism, banking, financial services and insurance, health care and beauty and wellness to class IX students. The course will have four levels which will complete in class XII.
Each school can offer two subjects including IT and each subject has 35 seats. Students have to complete 200 hours of course, 120 hours of practical and 80 hours of theory to complete the course.
It is said that government will expand vocational education to 95 more secondary schools which will provide wider scope of learning to the students. In addition government has approved introduction of vocational education in 25 government higher secondary schools this year.
Source: Times Of India