To ensure youth employment the government has decided to introduce 10 skill-based (vocational) subjects at the undergraduate level from the next academic year.
The vocational subjects that have been selected includes electrical domestic appliances, horticulture, travel and tourism management, fashion technology, paramedical and health care, modern office management, food processing and preservation, printing technology and desktop publication, and communication technology and financial literacy and banking.
Two additional subjects-automobile and mobile technology have introduced in Plus II classes. The 10 vocational subjects have been selected considering the existing courses at Plus II level.
Under the choice based system the skill based subjects will be introduced as minor elective subjects and consist of three theory and three practical papers for all the streams- arts, science and commerce.
The subjects will have 18 credits and six papers
At the Plus II level these vocational subjects have already been introduced.
The higher education minister Pradeep Kumar said that the government has been focusing on the skill development of the youths and hence has taken the initiative to start these courses.
In the conference on Choice based credit system held at the Berhampur University the vocational education was a major topic of discussion by the Vice-chancellors, post-graduate council chairmen and experts of different universities.
Director of vocational education, Roshanara Begum said that they have selected 10 subjects by the list made by the University Grant Commission as the government has decided to introduce CBCS in Plus III level from the next academic year.
Officials of the higher education department have spoken with the technical education department to assist the colleges as they have no laboratories to conduct the practical exams in some subjects.
The students will attend the nearest government-run ITIs or polytechnic institutes for these classes.
PK Tripathy the deputy director, vocational education said that the course of studies for each of these subjects is being prepared. The course will be sent to different universities after completion and will be prepared keeping in view the market demand.