Hyderabad: Most students complete secondary school education without any knowledge about what careers are available to them. An expert said they should be introduced to career opportunities at the secondary school level.
The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) provides vocational courses at the Intermediate level, but other boards such as CBSE, ICSE, IB and ICS do not.
Dr Sreenivas N. Bhupalam, vice-president of the All India Federation of Self-Financing Technical Institutions, said, “There are many technical and non-technical trades available to students. Almost 99 per cent of students join 10+2 streams because of their parents, rather than having knowledge of their own. So it is important to provide them with information about various careers or vocations available in the real world.”
The University Grants Commission has issued an equivalency that B Voc is equivalent to a normal degree. Students with B Voc degree should be considered eligible for trans-disciplinary vertical mobility into courses where entry qualification is a Bachelor’s degree, without specific requirement in a particular discipline.
Students who are ready to join the degree programmes could consider the B Voc courses as an option along with other courses, he said....