*Dy CM felicitated top scoring Delhi Govt. school students of vocational studies; says they should be proud of their achievements*
*With Skills and Entrepreneurship University we will create an environment in Delhi where vocational studies isn’t looked down upon: Sisodia*
New Delhi : 27.11.2020-Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia felicitated students from Delhi government schools who’ve excelled in class 12 boards with vocational subjects, scoring 90 percent and above. He said, “It is necessary to change the attitude of society towards vocational courses. These courses provide excellent employment and business opportunities yet they are looked down upon. You should be proud of your achievements”
Shri Sisodia said that these courses will be linked with degrees in Delhi’s Skills and Entrepreneurship University. He said, “Once vocational subjects in schools open the way to university degrees, the importance of these subjects will increase significantly. This change in the perception will greatly benefit the students”
The felicitation took place at Delhi Secretariat wherein Kalkaji MLA Atishi, Skills and Entrepreneurship University Vice Chancellor Prof. Neharika Vohra, and Dr. Pramod Katiyar, Deputy Director (Vocational) were also present.
At the meeting, the students, parents, and teachers also shared their views, and feedback on vocational studies; its future in terms of employability, skill development, and the way forward. Shri Sisodia said, “In the coming years, with the Skills and Entrepreneurship University, we hope to create an environment in Delhi where vocational courses, and studies are not considered as secondary areas of study.”
Shri Sisodia said that the objective of the university is to make vocational courses practical, respectable and employment-oriented. “The suggestions of all the students, teachers and parents will be very useful in helping us design the courses we can offer at the university.”
SKV student, Ekta Sharma, who scored 97% in her class 12 boards studied beauty and wellness, and textile design. She said, “When I took the vocational subjects, everyone used to make fun of me. Now these same people are congratulating me on my grades and receiving an invitation from the Dy CM.”
Tushti Arora, student of Govt. Girls Senior Secondary School (Ashok Nagar) had Typography and Computer Applications, and Office procedures as her vocational subjects. She said, “I took up office management because I want to become an entrepreneur, and understand how to run an office. I want to support my father who runs his handicrafts business, and take it to the next level.” She hopes the stigma that comes attached with pursuing vocational subjects, and stream fades away with time.
Student Kawaljeet Kaur, a pass out from SKV Janakpuri who scored a 93.2% in her class 12 board exams studied Web Applications, and Shorthand. She wants to pursue banking, and finance. Her father is a driver who’s the sole earner of the family, and her mother is a homemaker. She said, “Post my graduation, I want to pursue a diploma in banking as it’s my dream to work in a bank.”
Prof. Vohra said that in countries like Germany, and Finland, vocational subjects are given importance because vocational skills are viewed in a positive light. She said, “We hope with the Skills and Entrepreneurship University, we are able to offer the students a holistic space to develop their skills, get degrees and not just make them job-ready but also help them develop an entrepreneurial mindset. The nation’s skill development is on the students to take it further.”
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*DTC Board approves procurement of 1250 CNG BS-VI buses*
*-These State-of the Art Low Floor, AC buses would be equipped with all modern facilities*
New Delhi: 27.11.2020-The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) Board today approved the proposal to procure 1250 BS-VI compliant, Air-Conditioned fully built CNG propelled Low Floor buses. The decision was taken in the Board meeting of DTC chaired by Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot.
These BS-VI complaint Air-Conditioned buses would be equipped with State-of-the Art facilities like Real-Time Passenger Information System, CCTVs, Panic Buttons, GPS and other facilities, along with being differently-abled friendly. Bharat Stage (BS) standards are emission standards that regulate the output of air pollutants from motor vehicles.
Currently DTC runs 3762 buses, and both DTC and Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) together operate a current fleet of 6601 buses in Delhi. In the last 2 years, 1681 new buses had been added to Delhi’s bus fleet. The induction of the Low floor AC buses by DTC will begin after it receives approval of the Council of Ministers. With the induction of these 1250 buses, the total fleet size in Delhi would reach an all time high of 7,851 buses.
The Transport Minister in a statement said "Under the dynamic leadership of Hon’ble CM Sh. Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Government is committed to augmenting its public transport system, while ensuring that we reduce environmental pollution. As another landmark decision to this effect, the DTC board today approved the proposal to engage 1250 Low Floor AC CNG buses, compliant to BS-VI emission norms."