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
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,
"The world population is expected to touch 9 billion
by 2050...to 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
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.