Maharashtra’s Department of School Education has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to provide employment and vocational training to 15,000 class 12 students in the state.
According to information provided by the department, the memorandum of understanding aims to achieve the objective set out in the National Education Policy 2020 to bring vocational education to 50% of schools, until 2025.
School Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar said: “The idea is to help students become employable by providing them with vocational education opportunities. The TISS is in collaboration with more than 3,700 companies from different sectors. Students will have the freedom to choose the subject of their choice.
Kesarkar also said that there will be an aptitude test for all students to gauge their educational inclination.
Under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, the state already has the Milap project, in collaboration with HCL. A total of 34,000 candidates have registered for this program, of which 25,000 will obtain employment. After the new MoU with TISS, nearly 15,000 students will benefit from employment and education opportunities.
Kesarkar also shared that efforts will be made to increase students’ interest in studies. The department plans to bring in experts to increase students’ reading habits and reduce stress.