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New stream gets JEE hope

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 24: Students from vocational stream may also appear for the joint entrance examinations from now.

The higher education department has requested the industries department to allow students of vocational stream to appear for the entrance test so that they can pursue professional courses such as BTech, management, architecture and pharmacy.

The department has also requested the Odisha University of Agriculture Technology (OUAT) to allow these students to take the annual OUAT entrance tests, which would allow students to pursue undergraduate and post-graduate courses in agriculture, horticulture, veterinary science and animal husbandry, agricultural engineering and technology, fishery science, home science, and forestry.

Nearly 10,000 students take admission into the vocational stream under Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Odisha every year.

Till now, only students of Plus Two science were allowed to appear for these entrance tests. If the industries department approves this idea, passout students of vocational trades under agriculture, health and paramedical and engineering and technology, would be eligible to take the entrance examinations.

The CHSE this year has taken this step following the upgrading of courses in the vocational stream. The course now includes topics from all the three streams.

“Vocational courses have traditionally been disciplines that are non-academic and are mostly related to a specific trade, occupation or vocation.

“The students directly develop expertise in a particular group of techniques or technology through manual or practical activities. But the CHSE has introduced certain changes this year onwards,” said CHSE chairman Nihar Patnaik.

“Students of the vocational stream have now been brought on par with their counterparts from the three other streams with the inclusion of subjects such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, accountancy, business statistics, salesmanship, history, political science in the vocational syllabus. There is no reason they cannot sit for these tests,” said Patnaik.

“This will enable these students to opt for technical and professional higher studies and make a better career,” he said.

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