UNICEF launches Maharashtra career portal for 66 lakh students

UNICEF launches Maharashtra career portal for 66 lakh students
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NEW DELHI: The School Education and Sports Department of Maharashtra in association with United Nations Childrens’ Fund launched a career portal for students of Class 9 to 12, on Friday.

The portal provides vital information on possible careers, colleges, vocational institutions, entrance examinations and scholarships for the students. Around 66 lakh students are estimated to benefit from the portal.

Catering to the needs of the students of Maharashtra, the portal has been made available in Marathi and English. The website has been designed in collaboration with the Maharashtra State Council for Educational Research and Training (MSCERT).

Launched in a webinar attended by 5,000 officials of the state education department, the portal offers over 500 gender-inclusive career options. The content intends to break gender and ability stereotypes.

“The Career Portal will empower our students to explore various career options, even those that they may otherwise not be exposed to,” said Varsha Gaikwad, minister, Department of School Education and Sports.

“The Portal will also serve as an important tool for the state counsellors to support students in making an informed choice about their future. This is especially important for empowering our young girls” she added further.

Choosing a career path

Career options like agriculture & food sciences, hospitality & tourism, virology, animation & graphics and sports & fitness are also available on the portal.

Students will be able to look up the career domain and understand the eligibility, educational requirements, colleges in different countries and states that offer the required courses.

The option of scholarships and fellowships, different entry-points to the field and various growth options in that career can also be checked on the website.

The portal also provides career guidance for a particular field. As a part of the initiative, the teachers will be virtually trained to provide guidance to the students.

To enable the students to create a unique profile and discover the different career domains, workshops will be organized by the MSCERT and UNICEF.

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