Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had formed a committee to review vocational courses and remove the ones that are studied by few students. For instance, for the CBSE class XII exam for this year around 11 lakh students are expected to appear. For vocational studies, there are around 100 courses available out of which 55 students have opted for front office operations, and the least six students for retail services
Since students in the Class, XII would be able to choose one language along with at least one or two subjects from commerce/science/humanities streams and vocational subjects around two or three. For class X, students could choose an additional subject in the form of a vocational course and the score of this subject is added to the total result. The same would not apply in the case of class XII if students pick one additional subject. The data for the past few years would be analyzed by the committee set up by the board to decide on what all courses need to be dropped. The governing body meeting of the board raised the issue last year which decided on constituting the committee. By trimming these courses the board aims to reduce the schedule of the exam from 45 days at present to a month.
The only vocational courses favoured by students included entrepreneurship (11,762), stenography English (1,867), mass media studies (1,126 students), database management application (864), and web application (843).
Vocational courses have lost their lustre after the 12th standard as only a few universities provide graduate courses for them. Finally, among the 18,000 schools in the country, a majority of them do not offer any type of vocational courses.