Plans are being formulated by the central government of India. Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal recently mentioned the intentions of the centre to set up a national vocational education framework to help school students who fall short of receiving higher education. He addressed a conference, Higher Education Conclave 2010 organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and described that there is a need to set up a formal structure of vocational education to empower and harness the talent of students who are unable to pursue the mainstream higher education. The proposed vocational training will begin at the school level only and it will be of 10 levels. Students from Class 8 onwards will be able to take up various vocational courses, like carpentry and para-medical, along with their regular courses till Class 12. They will be provided certificates based on their work over four levels till Class 12 and six levels after Class 12, said the minister.
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