Project Disha- A pilot project for a career guidance programme for School Children
Delhi government is soon launching Project Disha for class 11 and 12 students for better guidance who have opted for vocational courses. The project aims at vertical mobility and career guidance to make students more employable and align their career choices with the opportunities available.
This is a pilot project which was launched in six schools in five districts of the Directorate of Education with courses such as automotive, retail, IT, financial marketing management, retail, travel and tourism.
The aim of vocational courses under the National Skill Qualification Framework is at making students employable in the future. It covers important components like career guidance, internship and placement to provide the career pathway to students.
For this, a memorandum of understanding has been signed with a vocational branch of the Directorate of Education and NGO Lend A Hand India.
Disha a career guidance cum mentoring programme aims to bridge the gap between students and career opportunities. The National Education Policy 2020 also stresses on the importance of Vertical Mobility and career guidance.
The intervention under this project will try to ensure students opt for a career that is the right fit for them and it is important they are satisfied with this, the note says.
Under this pilot project, the students would be supported in the school ecosystem and after exiting the school DOE will mutually decide the programme’s scope to impact students’ life chances. There would be baseline assessments of students which would be shared with the school before initiating the project. The existing vocational trainer would be trained in the process.
Under this project counselling would be done one on one basis and in group sessions. This process would be both online and offline. There will be 30 minutes counselling, during this period the students will evaluate if the college shortlisted is financially viable and evaluate backup financial assistance options.
The programme would also help students understand and keep tabs on the college entrances and the admission process. The students would also be made aware of the importance of emotional intelligence in career growth. ’Students will be made aware of their emotions and how to manage them effectively.
The thing does not stop here the students will also be taught how to express their emotions more efficiently, ‘stated the note