The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has launched its first Career Counseling and Guidance Centre at Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, on 15 October 2013. The center is aimed to assist students of Classes X and XII, especially those in rural areas, in choosing and pursuing right career.
The Minister of State for Human Resource Development Jitin Prasada had inaugurated this career counseling center of CBSE.
Since classes X and XII are the turning points in students’ academic journey, they need to be provided with the right academic guidance at this junction. This will help them not only in self-development but also enable them to add in the development and growth of the country, said Prasada at the inauguration.
The best news is that this CBSE centre is open for students of all Boards in the country.
CBSE chairman, Vineet Joshi, stated about the center, the "vision behind setting up such a centre is to enable access to quality education with equity."
The CBSE envisages that this center will help students "understand their forte, interests, knowledge and capability."
Though the counseling and guidance at the centre is free of cost, Rs 50 will be charged for taking the SGAI test at the center, results of which would be accessed within a day. According to sources, at least six camps would be organized between the months of October and December in various districts of Uttar Pradesh to spread awareness about the centre.
The idea to launch such kind of counseling center came up when Prasada asking Joshi this June to set up a student support centre and a teacher training institute in Lucknow as the region has no mark for CBSE to say that it has done something valuable for it.
The teacher training centre is under an "internal approval" process,, said Joshi.
As suggested by CBSE that the students should opt for subjects based on their evaluation provided by the Student's Global Aptitude Index (SGAI), the Prasada and Joshi also unveiled the SGAI kit, containing all the essential paraphernalia for gaining clarity on the concept.