The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is in talks with University of Delhi and other colleges to promote vocational subjects so that more students opt for the same.
According to the DU admission criteria for Honours courses, varsity deducts 2.5% marks from the best four percentage if a student has included vocational subjects in the best four. CBSE offers around 50 vocational subjects and the most popular out of them are fine arts, physical education, media studies and sculpture. CBSE follows the marking scheme of 50 marks for theory and 50 marks for practical in these subjects.
Anurag Tripathi, CBSE Secretary said that skill education is very important and that is the reason we are trying to promote the vocational subjects. He added that they are not given much importance in our country and less than 50,000 students enrolled with the CBSE opt for vocational subjects. This is due to the lack of availability of information regarding the same.
From 2018 onwards, CBSE has allowed students to count vocational subject as the fifth subject so that more and more students opt for them. If a student has not performed well in one of the academic subjects, this will allow them to include the marks obtained in the vocational subject.
However, DU allowed some of the vocational subjects like home science, informatics practices, home science and others to be included in the best four subjects