Patna Central School student Aditya Prakash is extremely fond of cars and plans to study and work on the inner workings of automobiles.
The Class VIII student would not have to wait till college to know about the finer details though. If he is lucky, he can have automobile technology as an additional compulsory vocational course this academic session.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), in its aim to introduce Class IX students to vocational courses, has asked schools to include a vocational course in the syllabus from the 2013-14 session. (See chart)
The CBSE has collaborated with institutions and firms like National Institute of Fashion Technology and Intel for training teachers in imparting the courses to students.
Aditya Prakash said: “I am very interested in cars and if I get the option of studying it from now, I will be able to acquire a lot of knowledge before college. I aim to become an automobile engineer.”
Kashish Singh from the same school is pining his hopes on information technology. He said: “My interest is in computers and in the future too, I plan to take up information technology. Studying the course at school will help me a lot in my career.”
Radiant International School vice-principal Radhika K. said: “At present, we have ‘foundation of information technology’ as an additional subject in classes IX and X. For the IT vocational course in Class IX, we will merge the ‘foundation of information technology’ with it according to the CBSE’s instructions.”
R.K. Sinha, the principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kankerbagh, said: “We are waiting for the decision from the KVS headquarters and then work accordingly.”
Class XI students already have to study vocational courses and the board has decided to include 40 more from the coming session.