GUWAHATI, June 3: The Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) is gearing up to give a fresh whiff of life to its vocational education stream. The council is introducing a three-month and a six-month course in its skill development section in 100 selected educational institutions.
An attractive feature of these two newly introduced courses is that there will not be any age bar for students. The AHSEC has signed a MoU with Art of Living for upgrading the vocational subject.
In the first phase, the AHSEC has selected 22 institutions from across the State. The equipment for carrying out the course has arrived at North Guwahati College. Besides, equipment for six more educational institutions will be arriving shortly, informed a high-level source of the council.
The course subjects would incorporate electrical, mechanical, agriculture, handloom and handicrafts besides IT (Computer).
On the other hand, during summer vacation, the AHSEC, along with the State Agriculture Department, would provide training in various aspects of agricultural practice to the teachers of 100 selected schools so that they in turn could pass over the knowledge to the students of their respective institutions.
It may be mentioned that in the 2018 session, altogether 1,040 students had taken the vocational examination, out of which 913 students cleared the HS examination.
Vocational education specifically prepares the trainees to work in various professions such as a craft, a trade, or as a technician. Often referred to as technical education or career education, a vocational school is a kind of educational institution that is specifically designed to provide vocational education. Such courses can take place at the post-secondary, further-education and higher-secondary levels. At the post-secondary stage, vocational education is generally provided as a highly specialized trade.