KOCHI: To develop the skills and competencies of students opting for vocational courses, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF) starting from Class IX onwards, to be implemented in educational systems throughout schools, colleges, polytechnics and universities from 2013-14.
Under the framework, various domains have been identified for implementation in schools starting from class IX onwards from the session 2013-2014, which includes retail, security , Information Technology and Automobile Technology.
CBSE has asked schools to offer as an additional compulsory subject by rationalising the existing content for classes IX and X on pilot basis. Also, as a pilot programme these courses have already been introduced in 42 schools affiliated to the Board from the academic session 2012-13. The competency based curriculum package would consist of syllabus, student manual, trainers guide, training manual, teacher qualifications and multimedia packages and e-material to facilitate the successful implementation of the courses.