CBSE launches its first counselling,guidance centre

Services meant for students of Classes X,XII will be provided free of cost

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: October 16, 2013 5:47:17 am

Aiming to assist students,especially those in rural areas,with their career choices,the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) launched its first ever Career Counselling and Guidance Centre in the country at Lakhimpur Kheri Tuesday.

Inaugurated by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Jitin Prasada,also MP from Dhaurahra constituency of Lakhimpur Kheri,the centre will guide students of Classes X and XII.

“Classes X and XII are the turning points in a student’s academic journey. Being provided with the right academic guidance at this time will aid them not only in self-development but enable them to contribute in the development and growth of the country,” Prasada said inaugurating the centre.

The centre is open to students from all Boards across the country.

CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi said that the “vision behind setting up such a centre is to enable access to quality education with equity.” The CBSE hopes it will help students “understand their forte,interests,knowledge and capability.”

The counselling and guidance at the centre is free of cost; however,Rs 50 is to be charged for taking the SGAI test,the results of which can be obtained within a day. At least six camps will be organised between October to December in various UP districts to spread awareness about the centre.

The centre comes in the backdrop of Prasada asking Joshi this June to set up a student support centre and a teacher training institute in Lucknow as the region “has nothing for CBSE to say

that they have done something for it.”

Talking to The Indian Express over the phone,Joshi said that the teacher training centre is going through an “internal approval.”

With CBSE suggesting that students should choose subjects based on the evaluation provided by the Student’s Global Aptitude Index (SGAI),the Prasada and Joshi also unveiled the SGAI kit,containing all the essential paraphernalia for gaining clarity on the concept.

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