Over 8,600 schools, 10L students under vocational education scheme: HRD Minister Pokhriyal

New Delhi: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, stated in Parliament yesterday that the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) is implementing the Scheme of Vocationalisation of School Education under the umbrella of ‘Samagra Shiksha – an integrated scheme for school education’. Under the scheme a vocational subject is offered for Classes IX to XII along with the general education to provide necessary employability and vocational skills for a variety of occupations. Till 2018-19, the scheme has been implemented in 8,654 schools, with reported enrollment of more than 10 lakh students.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) have included basic content on Goods and Services Tax (GST) in their textbooks of Economics, Accountancy and Business Studies at different stages. The NCERT text books for various stages of school education already incorporate content relating to the basics of Indian Law and Constitution.

NCERT has also developed Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Curriculum for teachers and students in school education. As part of this Curriculum, social and ethical issues related to the use of internet have been dealt with. The focus of the curriculum is on safe and secure use of the web space by students and teachers.

The Scheme of Vocationalisation of School Education under the umbrella of ‘Samagra Shiksha’ is implemented in all States and Union Territories. Education being a subject in the Concurrent List of the Constitution, and the majority of schools being under the jurisdiction of State Governments, it is for the respective State or Union Territory Government to adopt and adapt the NCERT model textbooks – with contents on GST and basic law tenets, and the ICT curriculum for teachers and students – for their schools.

This information was given by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on 12 December.


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