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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Ludhiana, July 03, 2013
To reinforce its philosophy of skill development as a key thrust area, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) along with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry will organise a global conference on July 18, 2013 at PHD House, New Delhi. The concept of 'Skilling in schools' will be discussed at the conference.

The board has directed school principals to participate in the conference and for registration they can e-mail their details to jatinder@phdcci.in  with a copy to programme.officercbse@gmail.com  till July 15.

Talking to Hindustan Times, RJ Khanderao, regional officer, CBSE, Panchkula, said, “The rationale of the conference is to create awareness and understand the supply and demand perspectives and come out with practical solutions. However, the board is offering various skill-based courses at secondary and senior secondary level to impart knowledge and training that strengthens the core skills of students.”

The objectives of the conference are issues and opportunities for schools in imparting vocational education, challenges in procurement of proper staff for imparting vocational education in schools, understanding the international system of vocational education in schools and the feasibility of applying the same in market, understanding the industry perspective for creating linkages between skilling and employability.

However, city school principals are not interested in attending this conference. Navita Puri, principal, KVM School, said, “I don't think I will be going to attend this conference.”

Another principal, Paramjit Kaur, principal, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, said, “I have been attending conferences organised by the board. But this time I will not be able to attend it.”