Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 26:
In a bid to increase employability levels in the state, the Odisha government today decided to introduce vocational courses in Plus Two and Plus Three levels from this academic year (2015-16).
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today gave his approval to a proposal from the Higher Education department in this regard.
These courses will be introduced in all government and privately run colleges in the state. While 12 vocational courses will be introduced at the Plus Two level, 10 such courses will be introduced at the Plus Three level.
The courses to be introduced at the Plus Two level are Tourism & Travel Management; Fashion Technology; Office Management; Banking; Automobile Technology; Dairying; Printing Technology; Horticulture; Domestic Electrical Appliances; Information Technology; Mobile Technology and Paramedical Healthcare.
The courses included at the Plus Three level are Financial Literacy & Banking; Domestic Electrical Appliances; Fashion Technology; Food Processing and Preservation; Horticulture; Information & Communication Technology; Modern Office Management; Printing Technology & Desk Top Publication; Paramedical Healthcare and Travel & Tourism Management.
The Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) and universities will conduct examinations in these subjects and award certificates to qualifying candidates. Students can take these subjects as elective subjects.
Since skill based courses are playing an important role in human resource development, the new courses are expected to be increase the employability of students in the state.