Applied learning in Delhi govt schools: Financial mgmt, fashion studies among skill subjects | Delhi News

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Applied learning in Delhi govt schools: Financial mgmt, fashion studies among skill subjects | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: Schools of Applied Learning, the new set of schools that Delhi government is establishing, will offer fashion studies, financial management and mechatronics as skill subjects in the first year of inception. In the budget presented on Wednesday, the government had announced the setting up of 12 of these schools.
Every student will need to study three skill subjects each in classes IX and X and one in classes XI and XII. In his budget speech, finance minister Kailash Gahlot had elaborated, “These schools will not only offer traditional subjects but also have a professional industrial setup to provide adequate exposure to the students to develop their skills. The aim is that along with traditional subjects, every child will also learn skills that will prepare him or her for new-age jobs.”
A government official announced on Friday that fashion studies, financial management and mechatronics would be the three courses offered to class IX students in the first year.
The Schools of Applied Learning will be affiliated with the Delhi Board of School Education, unlike most Delhi government institutions, which are affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). In CBSE, fashion studies are offered as a skill or sixth subject for students of classes XI and XII. The finance subject in CBSE is called financial markets management. Mechatronics is not offered in the CBSE syllabus.
Michigan Technological University, US, defines mechatronics as a multidisciplinary field with skill sets needed in the contemporary, advanced automated manufacturing industry. Mechatronics deals with robotics, control systems and electro-mechanical systems.
From the new academic session, the Directorate of Education has made it compulsory for all students in classes IX and X to take up skills subjects. At present, 548 schools offer skill subjects such as data science, beauty and wellness, information technology, retail, food technology, introduction to financial markets, marketing sales, physical activity training, among others.
In 2022, Delhi government schools had the maximum number of children — 1,62,294 — enrolled in vocational courses. In the 2020-21 academic session, 1,20,575 students had undertaken vocational courses.

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