SAS NAGAR MAY 16:
Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema has today said that the government of india has given its nod to start vocational education in 300 more new schools of the state.Cheema said that the state has excelled in education sector and this achievement of the state has caught the fancy of education policy makers of government of india and they have given more vocational courses for new 300 schools.
Cheema was addressing Principals of 400 Schools and District Education Officers of the state. Out of these 400 schools, Vocational Education had started in 100 schools last year and 300 schools would be added now. Education Department With the help of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) today organised one day workshop for Vocational Education at Auditorium of Punjab School Education Board, Mohali.
Dr. Cheema said that under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister, Punjab Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, the state government has given focus on skill development in the state. He said that this would on the one hand help in providing employment to the youth in the state besides creating a pool of skilled man power to cop up with the need of local industry. He said that vocational education would be imparted to the students from 9th standard onwards in this academic session. He said the state has signed a Mou with the National Skill Development Corporation under which vocational education in six different courses is already being imparted to the students in 100 schools. He said that under this scheme the certificate which is provided by the Union Human Resource Ministry has equal recognition as of ITI courses.
The Education Minister further said that now from this academic session the courses would be increased from 6 to 8. He said that at present students are being imparted vocational education in 6 different schemes namely Security, Beauty and Wellness, Health Care, Information and Technology, Automobile and Retail. Three new streams Agriculture, Tour & Travels and Physical Education & Sports have been included in new 300 schools. Dr. Cheema also visited exhibitions which were based on all streams of Vocational Education.
Prominent among others who were present in the workshop included Principal Secretary C. Roul, DGSE Mr. Pardeep Aggarwal, Special Secretary Gurdeep Singh, DPI (SE) Balbir Singh Dhol, Director SCERT Pankaj Sharma, Deputy Director Vocation Education Tota Singh, Additional SPD Dr Ginni Duggal, Deputy SPD Harpreet Singh, Advisor Vocational Education Baljinder Singh, DEO (SE) Mohali Mewa Singh Sidhu and DEO (EE) Gurjit Singh.