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Vocational Students To Get HSC Certificates

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HSC Certificates for Vocational StudentsStudents in Maharashatra, completing vocational education after class X will now be awarded with the HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate), as per an announcement made by Rajesh Tope, state minister of higher and technical education. This move will help bring these students into the mainstream so that they can pursue conventional degrees such as engineering and medicine. Close to three lakh students who pass vocational courses annually are set to benefit from this decision. The scheme will be implemented from the 2013-14 academic year.

The HSC certificate is given by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education to students who complete the conventional 10+2 degree courses in arts, science and commerce, while the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET), a state board that regulates vocational education in the state, conducts two-year vocational courses through various affiliated institutes in the state. A total of 16 such courses are offered by DVET after completion of Std X. Subjects included are electrical maintenance, general civil engineering, carpentry, maintenance and repair of electrical appliances, building maintenance and office management, among others. Now according the new scheme students who qualify for certificate courses through DVET will receive the +2 HSC certificate.

“At present, students who undertake vocational education after Std X have limited options and are forced to pursue a career in the vocational segment. But, with an HSC certificate in hand, they can get into engineering, commerce, arts and other such fields. For engineering and medicine, however, they will have to sit for entrance tests like other students,” Tope said.

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