Class IX students in Goa will learn aspects of the hospitality sector, horticulture or agriculture starting 2014-15, under the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. "Hospitality has been introduced in Goa because of the local tourism industry and because we want to focus on horticulture and agriculture as they have been neglected for some time now in the state and need to be revived," Jose Remedios Rebello, Chairperson, Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, informed. The curriculum for the courses were developed at a three-day workshop held recently in Goa along with officials of the National Council for Educational Research and Training, said Rebello, as per an article in The Times Of India.
"The courses will be conducted for students from Classes IX to XII in phases every year. Agriculture, horticulture and hospitality will be introduced as optional subjects and the mark sheets of the students will state the competencies students have acquired through the courses. We might either introduce it as a seventh subject or do away with another optional subject to be replaced by these subjects. The modalities are being worked out," Rebello added. He said that the proposal will then be sent to the state government for its approval and implementation in 2014-15. He further said that the issue of requirement of additional time to take up the training will be addressed before the proposal is sent for the approval of the state government.