The School Education and Sports Department, Maharashtra, in a bid to provide career counselling and guidance has launched a career portal in collaboration with Maharashtra State Council of Educational Research and Training (MSCERT) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Students of class IX to XII will benefit from the comprehensive amalgamation of information on vocational courses & institutions, scholarships, colleges and career opportunities.
With information on over 500 career paths, the portal helps to reach out to 66 lakhs school students across the state. “The content is gender inclusive and attempts to break gender and ability stereotypes,” reads the official statement.
Varsha Gaikwad, Minister of School Education, launched the portal via a webinar on 22 May, 2020. The webinar witnessed the virtual presence of 5,000 officials across various departments.
“The career portal will empower our students to explore various career options, even those that they may otherwise not be exposed to. The Portal will also serve as an important tool to the state counsellors to support students in making an informed choice about their future. This is especially important for empowering our young girls,” said Gaikwad.
The portal was developed by UNICEF in partnership with iDreamCareer.
“During a time of such pandemics, when there is always a fear that older students may drop out of the education system, this portal will help students to ensure that they continue with their education.” Rajeshwari Chandrasekar, Chief, UNICEF, Maharashtra.