Gujarat Govt announces 589 vocational schools to offer 13 new skills

THE GUJARAT education department has announced 589 new government and grant-in-aid secondary and higher secondary vocational schools that will offer 13 new vocational skills to students. These schools are expected to start admissions in September-October this year.

To enhance vocational knowledge and vocational skills opportunities among students, these new 589 schools, mainly in Gujarati medium, have been approved by Samagra Shiksha, Government of India under National Policy on Education (NEP) 2020.

The 13 new vocational trades include agriculture, apparel, made-ups and home furnishings, automotive, beauty and wellness, BFSI, electronics, food processing, IT/ITES, plumber, retail, sports, physical education, fitness and leisure, tourism and hospitality and health care, announced Education Minister Jitu Vaghani.

These new vocational schools have sanctioned an intake of a minimum of 40 students in each vocational trade.

Under the new two-year pattern, which has been introduced under NEP 2020, these new schools have been approved in all 33 districts and corporations, replacing the existing four-year pattern (from classes 9-12).

Officials revealed that following counselling of teachers at present counselling of parents and students is in progress explaining to them the benefits of vocational skills. “Once counselling and training are complete, these schools will start taking admissions, likely in September,” an education official said. The curriculum, textbooks and training module for these has been prepared by Pandit Sunderlal Sharma Central Institute of Vocational Education, Bhopal.

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