Bhubaneswar, Aug 21 (LocalWire) The state government is gearing up to offer vocational courses such as tourism and hospitality, electronics in as many as 142 high schools and higher secondary schools from this October, as part of a central government skill education programme.
“The schools have already been identified and approved by the Centre.
The project will adopt new curriculum, course content and pedagogy,” said Odisha School Education Programme Authority(OSEPA) director B S Poonia.
As part of the plan, the vocational courses in as many as eight sectors will be offered at the school level which includes tourism & hospitality, electronics & hardware, automotive, retail, plumber, agriculture, multi-skilling and beauty & wellness.
A school will have the option to offer two subjects out of the eight sectors.
Officials said the government has already distributed the sectors among schools.
As per the list, 65 schools will offer tourism and hospitality while 62 schools will offer electronics and hardware, 40 schools will offer automotive, 32 schools will offer courses on retail, 28 schools in plumbing, 26 in agriculture, 24 in multi-skilling and seven in beauty and wellness.
The courses will be introduced for students of class 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
According to the plan, high school students enrolled in the programmes will have a minimum of three industry visits in respective sectors while they will have to undergo a job training for a minimum of 80 hours after completion of Class 10.
To implement the plan, the authority will select an agency which will provide the resource persons for training, organise industry visits for the students and also arrange for internship soon after they complete their high school.
OSEPA has already floated a tender in this regard.
The agency will also be responsible for placement of students after completion of class 12, officials said.