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Oct 2013 Source: Times of India

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With a view to make quality education accessible to students, especially amongst the marginal rural areas, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) launched the first ever Career Counselling and Guidance Centre, in Lakhimpurkhiri, Uttar Pradesh recently.

Inaugurated by the minister of state for human resource development, Jitin Prasada, the centre seeks to provide students with proper guidance and counselling, while choosing subjects in class XI. The centre would be open to students of classes X and XII.

"Class 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 students not only in self-development but also enable them to contribute in the development and growth of the country," said MoS Pasanda.

Children, not only from CBSE schools, but from all boards across the country would be welcome at the centre.

The choice of subjects in the said classes has an essential impact on the career prospects of children. In such a scenario, CBSE feels that it is crucial for students to understand their forte, interests, knowledge and capability and only then make a subject choice.

The board suggests that subjects should be chosen based on the evaluation provided by the Student's Global Aptitude Index (SGAI).

The Career Counselling and Guidance Centre also provides counselling for parents and teachers; the idea being to sensitize both sections towards the importance of career awareness and planning. The centre also aims at generating awareness regarding existing career opportunities and familiarising students with related relevant information.

Availing career counselling and guidance at the centre is free of cost. However, one has to pay Rs 50 only for taking the SGAI test. The results of SGAI can be attained within a day of taking the assessment.

Post the launch camps for awareness generation regarding the Centre are in the pipeline for CBSE. Six camps, from October to December, will be organized in various districts of Uttar Pradesh like Mitauli, Maigalganj, Hargaon, Mahauli, etc.

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