PATNA: Education Minister Krishnanandan Prasad Verma on Friday launched the first career guidance portal www.biharcareerportal.com at a programme organized by Bihar Education Project Council and UNICEF at Hotel Chanakya. The portal has been developed with technical support from UNICEF.
Speaking at the programme the Minister said that adolescents constitute one-fifth of India’s population. As per census of 2011, Bihar with 22% population in the same age group is one of leading state in terms of adolescent population in India. These young adults make up the Bihar’s largest potential workforce; therefore investments in their education, skills, empowerment and economic opportunities can make them significant game changers in Bihar and India’s future socio-economic development and growth story.
This portal will help adolescents studying in classes 9 to 12 in knowing about scholarships, skill development programmes, internships and apprenticeship opportunities. Bihar career portal will provide information on 460 professional careers, 955 scholarships, 1050 entrance examinations and 6400 institutions of higher education to the students from class 9 to 12 he said.
Live demonstration of the portal was also performed during the program in which GyanandeepVerma, a student of class 10, Model High School Kankarbagh logged on the portal and obtained information regarding career opportunities.
Currently, class 10th and 12th students studying in all the government schools of Bihar can log in to the portal via their Bihar Board Exam registration number.
Speaking on the occasion Chief of UNICEF Bihar Asadur Rahman said that Bihar has 78 lakh adolescents in the state that can benefit from the career portal. This is a concrete step to empower all these adolescents and provide them options to understand and embark on a career path.
Rahman further said that a structured, unbiased career guidance program has a tremendous potential to help students in choosing a right career post class 10th or class 12th and even class 8th for those who drop out of the system. In this there is a huge opportunity to create `awareness about vocational/job-oriented careers so that the students are aware about viable career options that will help them continue with education and later employment. Currently two largest source of career information for students are the teachers (89%) and the family members (87%). A substantial number of students (62%) also use internet for career query.
Earlier, welcoming all the participants in the program, Sanjay Kumar Singh, State Project Director, Bihar Education Project Council said that this portal has been developed using the data provided by the Bihar School Examination Board. To make it easier for the children to access the portal, the registration number given by the Bihar School Examination Board has been made their long ID. The portal has been already customized and contextualized for the students of Bihar and the career content is available in both Hindi and English language. We hope that students from rural areas and marginalized section of the society can benefit from it he said.
UNICEF Bihar Education Specialist, Pramila Manoharan said this portal has been specially developed on the demand of children and teachers. Adolescence is known as the ‘Second Window of Opportunity’ in the lives of adolescent boys and girls. If children will get meaningful guidance at this stage, then they can improve their future in a better way. In the next phase of this project, extensive training of teachers will be done so that they can guide and motivate students to use portal easily.
The program was anchored by the State Program Officer of Bihar Education Project Council, Dr. Ravi Shankar Singh. State Program Officers of Bihar Education Project Council, District Program Officers (SamagraShikshaAbhiyan) of all districts as well as UNICEF Education Officer, Ravi Dayal, Bharat Bhushan of Bihar Education Project Council, ShahidMobin and Ravi ShekharSinhawas also present on the occasion.