The portal will provide career guidance with information on entrance examinations, scholarships and employment-oriented courses.
Rajasthan School Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara and UNICEF-Rajasthan Chief Isabelle Bardem on Wednesday inaugurated ‘Rajiv Gandhi Career Portal’ for students from classes 9 to 12.
The portal is aimed at helping the students take “informed decisions” about their academic and professional pursuits and is expected to benefit about 23 lakh students.
It will provide career guidance with information on entrance examinations, scholarships and employment-oriented courses, according to a news agency report.
The portal is developed with support from UNICEF and is a first-of-its-kind in the country, said Dotasara while launching the portal at Dr. Radhakrishnan Shiksha Sankul in Jaipur in the presence of school principals, teachers and senior officials.
The Minister said the portal will promote employment-oriented education in the State and provide information to students on over 200 vocational and 237 professional careers, 455 employment avenues, 960 scholarships, 955 competitive examinations and 10,000 institutions of higher education in the country.
Why UNICEF Chose Rajasthan?
The portal has been developed by experts in UNICEF after an assessment of needs, awareness and perspective of students, teachers and system functionaries, The Hindu reported.
The assessment indicated that most of the boys and girls in the State were keen to join the workforce as soon as they finished Class X or XII, Dr. Bardem said.
Dr. Bardem believes that the portal would help reduce dropouts at various stages in schools and improve retention in jobs. She said that Rajasthan was selected for launching the portal because of its track record in employment-oriented education.
Dotasara also announced setting up of the Rajiv Gandhi Career Counselling Cell for adolescents and youths on the occasion.
The cell will link school and college students with skill development programmes and internship opportunities in the pursuit of their career choices, as per the report.