The government of Odisha is about to introduce 10 new skills based vocational subjects in the Undergraduate courses from the next academic year. These subjects would get introduced under the Choice-based credit system as minor elective subjects. These subjects would carry 18 credits and six papers, that would consist of three theory and three practical ones for all streams-arts, science and commerce.
Higher Education minister Pradeep Kumar Panigrahi said that they have decided to introduce the job-oriented vocational subjects at the undergraduate level from the next academic session as the government is emphasizing on skill development of youths so that they get employment. Vocational subjects have already been introduced successfully at the Plus II level.
In a recent conference held on Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) at Berhampur University, Vice-chancellors, post-graduate council chairmen, experts of different universities and the director, vocational education have discussed about various vocational courses to be introduced. It is planned to introduce CBCS in Plus III level from next academic year.
The ten subjects included in the list made by UGC of vocational subjects are electrical domestic appliances, horticulture, travel and tourism management, fashion technology, paramedical and health care, modern office management, food processing and preservation, printing technology and desktop publication, information and communication technology and financial literacy and banking.