The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced numerous vocational courses for Class XI students with an aim to help them start a career of their interest. These vocational courses will help students get a sense of other career options.
In 2012, CBSE planned to introduce new elective courses as a pilot programme. The course is termed as Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India and they presented many avenues to the students, for making them ready for future. Through these courses, CBSE endeavors to promote awareness among students about law, administration of justice, need for equality of opportunity and have an understanding of the history of gender and division of labour.
From 2014-15, the students will be able opt from theatre, legal studies or gender studies as an elective course. In addition, other subjects offered to class XI-XII - senior secondary students are NCC, human rights and the unique Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India etc. The board is also endeavoring to make students learn Chinese language, which is yet another pilot run subject for middle school students, which is being held at 25 schools currently. The first batch with having the elective courses option will appear in the board exams for these subjects in March 2015.
Theatre studies will be run in all CBSE schools. The legal studies may also appeal many students, especially those who will aim to pursue 5 year integrated law course in future.
CBSE stated in its circular that the pilot run courses had received overwhelming response from both educationists and the teaching community across the nation.
The School will opt from the myriad of Vocational and Elective courses since availability of qualified teachers decide which course to run in the school. Most courses are basic in nature hence finding teachers for those courses are not difficult.