CBSE mulls vocational subjects in plus-2 grades

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Bangalore, Feb 10 (UNI) The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning to introduce competency-based vocational subjects like IT and nano technology in plus-2 grade with an active industry suppport, CBSE Chairman Ashok Ganguly said today.

Speaking to newspersons here he said the Indian student now needs to develop 21st century skills and stereo type education will become a passe.

"CBSE is currently debating as to whether nano technology should be introduced as a separate subject or integrated into science subjects, while it is already in talk with NASSCOM to introduce IT vocational package courses. We also intend to introduce courses on general healthcare, retail management and other areas," he said.

The board had already tied up with National stock exchange in introducing a course on financial market management in 90 schools.

It was discussing with NIFT for a course on fashion designing and garment manufacturing technology.

In all these competency-based vocation courses, CBSE would design the curriculum in association with industry. The mentor organisation and CBSE would give the cirfitication, he said The other areas CBSE would focus on will be skill-based subjects like cinema and media studies, heritage craft and gender studies, he said.

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