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Devbrat Patnaik

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has always taken student-friendly initiatives in examinations, academics, vocational, inclusive education, sports and physical health education and much more. The board has even gone beyond its mandate by providing first-ever psychological counselling facility way back in 1998.

Now in its 22nd year, it has planned to implement these with more value-added features like counselling through pre-recorded IVRS, educative multimedia material on important issues like substance abuse, aggression, depression, special learning disability among students and coping with exam anxiety.

“As a sequel to the ongoing initiatives, CBSE has prepared a compendium of suggestive courses for students which will help them get information about various course choices, institutes and combinations available in higher education beforehand after class X itself,” states Anita Karwal, Chairperson CBSE.

The compendium of courses after +2, is an earnest effort of the board to facilitate students while scouting for right course choices leading to higher education later. The publication includes various course options with different subject combinations. While all care has been taken to provide information, (although in brief), about the traditional, popular and new age courses, it is not possible to provide a comprehensive information considering that there are an estimated 900 universities and over 41,000 colleges in the country providing higher education and teaching a plethora of subjects.

The list courses and that of Institutes/Universities is only illustrative and in no way exhaustive. The intention is thus limited to creating awareness among the students. As most of these courses are also offered by several private institutions/universities,the readersareexpected to researchfurtherby visitingthe official websites of UGC, AICTE, NAAC and individual institutes.CBSE in due course of time will make efforts to update the content to the extent possible.The information is available at the official website: cbse.nic.in.

"The purpose of this compendium is to generate enough curiosity in the students to explore further on the scope, possibilities, avenues, for each of these courses and to look for other options beyond these coursesas well," added Karwal.

(Source: CBSE)

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