Skill-based courses that can help a student enter the job market soon after school have now been introduced by the Central Board of Secondary Education. And in another development, CBSE has also introduced a course, Compassionate Citizen, that has been designed to teach children to be kind to animals.

As for the skill-based courses, CBSE has shortlisted some private institutes which offer special training programmes for skill development. In order to take this initiative to a maximum number of students, CBSE has also asked schools to tie up with these private institutes.

The list, drawn up by CBSE, includes 35 skill knowledge providers in 11 areas, including retail, information technology, security, automobile, banking and insurance, hospitality and tourism, mass media and media production, health and beauty, music production, design, and medical diagnostics.

“This course is essential for students to excel and emerge successful in real life situations of work. It will give them basic information of a working environment as they graduate from school. Skilled manpower and right exposure will help students to attain the best positions in various organisations,” said CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi.

The course is not compulsory. Students will be given a choice to opt for these competency-based skill courses along with the general academic subjects.


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