Nagpur: There is good news for CBSE students who have opted for vocational courses in std XI and XII, as the University Grants Commission (UGC) has given nod to 13 such courses. Recognition by UGC of these courses is a big victory for CBSE, as now universities will try to introduce these at the undergraduate level.
UGC's deputy secretary, Shakeel Ahmad has written to all affiliated universities in the country asking that CBSE's initiative be encouraged and courses be introduced at the undergraduate level. Ahmad wrote to the universities asking, "it is imperative that these subjects find a reflection in the subjects already being offered at the graduate level in various educational institutes. It is important that appropriate consideration may be accorded while admitting students to the undergraduate courses at the college/university level. Accordingly, all universities are requested to take appropriate action for recognition of these new subjects for the purpose of admission of students in degree programmes".
Its Vocational Education Cell (VEC), which is taking the lead in this, has been mandated to "recognize the importance of increasing and diversifying the skill-building industry in the country". The central board is currently offering 34 vocational courses consisting of 97 subjects. Since this is optional, so far only 313 affiliated schools in India and 11 schools abroad have opted for it.