In a move that will probably change the education system at a pan national level, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has given its approval to 13 new vocational courses by CBSE. Recognition of these courses by the UGC means that they will now be introduced by the universities at the undergraduate level.
Shakeel Ahmad, Deputy Secretary, UGC has asked all the affiliated universities in the country to welcome UGC’s move and introduce the courses at the undergraduate level. He wrote to the universities asking them to make the right considerations while admitting the students to the undergraduate courses at the college/university level. The various universities were also requested to take the appropriate actions for recognition of the newly introduced subjects for the purpose of admitting students in the degree level.
Sadhana Parashar, Academic Director, CBSE has earlier written to the UGC urging the organization to make proper consideration of the vocational subjects while admitting the students to the undergraduate courses at the college/university level. She further added that scheme of studies for all these academic subjects are rigorous in nature and are designed specifically keeping the current industry and the employment trend in mind. The students will face no difficulties by taking up these subjects after they pass out of class XII. The academic director also requested the organization to accommodate the names of these subjects in their information prospectus so that the students will be treated as eligible for admission to higher education as per their choice of courses.
CBSE made the move to get the subjects approved by UGC earlier in September 2012. Officials of the board also met with various universities and the central government to find appropriate solutions to the issue of shortage of skilled and trained professionals and the need to develop employability skills among students.
The central board is currently offering 34 vocational courses comprising of 97 subjects