As many as 180 high schools in Odisha will start providing Vocational Education and it is likely to be implemented soon, in a phased manner. A letter has been written to the Union Minister of HRD, Mrs Smriti Zubin Irani by the Minister of Education, Sri Debi Prasad Mishra, on 15th July, 2015 for the extension of trades. He stated that 30 approved schools in the state will implement trades such as Automobile I IT & ITeS, during 2015-16 in the first phase.
The State will later expand the scheme to 150 more schools of 30 districts in the state. The scheme will be implemented by the next year in the Annual Work Plan & Budget of 2016-17 under RMSA. Trades such as Horticulture, Planning, Tourism, Plumbing, Nursing & Patient Care Assistant will be introduced by the state.
All of these will be based on State specific requirement. The approval of the HRD Ministry was sought by Sri Mishra from Smt. Irani. In the first phase, 180 high schools will be introduced to the program by 2016-17 and the second phase will have another 134 of them in 134 blocks by 2017-18. All the 314 blocks would have the program in operation by the end of the second phase.