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Education Department plans to launch career guidance portal plans to launch career guidance portal

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Jalandhar, September 9

To lend a new dimension to the 'School Sikhya Sudhar Muhim' (Qualitative Improvement in School Education Drive), the Education Department has planned to launch a 'Career Guidance Portal'.

The portal, which is likely to be launched within a fortnight by Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla, would help more than 8 lakh students studying in Class IX to XII in the government schools across the state. It would be launched in collaboration with UNICEF, NGO (Aasman Foundation) and Tata Power.

The proposed web portal will have comprehensive information about career choices, entrance examination for different colleges, universities, vocational institutes and scholarships. For those interested in moving abroad for higher education, the portal will help in finding the eligibility of colleges in different countries, scholarships and fellowships. The portal will have information about a minimum of 450 career options, 21,000 colleges and vocational institutes within the country and abroad, 1,150 entrance exams and 1,200 scholarships.

New subject for school students

  • The Education Department has decided to introduce a new subject (Welcome Life) for students of all schools associated with the Punjab School Education Board
  • Students of Classes VI to VIII will have to attend three periods a week for the new subject while there will be one such period a week for students of Classes IX to XII
  • The subject will have 100 marks (50 for theory and 50 for practical). The PSEB academic council approved the new subject during its May 14 meeting

Krishan Kumar, Education Secretary, said: "In the absence of any such collated information till now and the teachers too lacking in required knowledge, students found it difficult to pick the right career path matching their aspirations. The students were left to fend for themselves."

He said, "The capacity building of teachers through virtual and face-to-face programmes will be done to assist students. Each student will be given a unique ID for accessing the content on the website." — TNS

from The Tribune

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