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CBSE to start vocational course on Music Production from 2013-14
Of late, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been promoting vocational education in the schools affiliated to it. Recently, the CBSE decided to partner with Central Institute of Technology (CIT) of Western Australia to undertake four vocational courses titled, Design, Retail, Music Production and Beauty Therapy on a pilot basis from the ensuing academic session.

According to a CBSE newsletter, the board has prepared the curriculum as well as the content for both the sectors - Information Technology (IT) and Automobile Sector under National Vocational Educational Qualification Framework (NVEQF), regarding the introduction of new vocational courses.

“In the light of NVEQF, CBSE has initiated a process of reframing its existing vocational courses to ensure across mobility of students and their absorption in industry. So far 10 courses have been revised. There are a total of 34 courses in seven sectors," informs the e-newsletter.

According to Swati Mujumdar, Director of Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, vocational education and training has been become an important element of the nation’s education initiative. She holds that vocational education needs to play its part effectively in the changing national context and for India to enjoy the fruits of the demographic dividend. “There is an urgent need to redefine the critical elements of imparting vocational education and training to make them flexible, contemporary, relevant, inclusive and creative,” she observes.

These days, vocational education is being stressed to prepare students for specific emergent careers rather than conventional trades. It seems that the market forces are piggy riding the general school education in the name of employable skill education.

The market forces stressing cleverly that vocational education should include practical courses through which students acquire skills and experience is linked to specific marketable careers.

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