The H.P. Cabinet has approved to introduce revised Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Vocationalization of Higher Secondary Education operated with in the National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework (NVEQF).

The decision has been taken in fulfillment of the announcement of Chief Minister in his budget speech to start vocational education in 100 new Senior Secondary Schools with four courses in Automobile, Retail, Security and IT with a view to improve the employability of students from 9th to 12th class under NVEQF scheme during 2013-14.

These courses will be industry driven based upon National Occupational Standards (NOS) set by Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) in association with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). This scheme will also help in reduction in school dropout rates and better attendance levels due to better job prospects. Government of India has sanctioned a proposal to the tune of Rs. 4463 lakhs for the State to introduce these vocational courses in four trades whereas State share will be Rs. 562 lakhs.