Sibal moots skill development course in agriculture in high schools
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 18:36
New Delhi: HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday mooted introducing a skill development course in agriculture at higher secondary level to equip the youth for employment.

"The framework of the new course to be introduced at standards IX, X, XI and XII will be framed by May this year," Sibal told reporters here on the sidelines of a function of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

The syllabus would be framed after consulting scientists, educationists and industrial houses, he added.

Initially, the course would be introduced in schools affiliated to the CBSE board, he said, adding, subsequently state examination boards would be asked to follow it.

CBSE would provide certificates to successful students of the course, he added.

The HRD minister said the course is the need of the hour as it would help youths particularly in the rural areas gain employment.

He said countries like England, Australia and Germany have similar progressive syllabus at school level.

Empowering the youths living in villages with skills would also check rampant migration from villages to the towns, Sibal said.

"The world population is expected to touch 9 billion by feed this hugely growing masses science and technology has to boost farm practises in India and other parts of the world", he added.

Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, who was the chief guest at the 82nd Annual General Meeting of the ICAR society, appreciated Sibal's opinion and assured all cooperation in making it functional.

"Sibal has come out with a good idea (starting skill development course in farm sector)...Union Agriculture ministry will extend all cooperation in making it functional," Pawar told reporters as he emerged from the function.

Giving shape to its skill development initiative, HRD Ministry had last month announced constitution of a group of state education Ministers to suggest ways for strengthening vocational education at all levels.

It would also seek to develop a broad consensus on the contours of the proposed National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework.

The vocational framework would set common principles and guidelines for a nationally recognised qualification system, covering schools, vocational education institutes and institutes of higher education.


First Published: Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 18:36

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