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Gandhinagar, Thursday: Gujarat Government has decided to upgrade two-year post-Standard-VIII technical courses taught at Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) at par with Standard-X, and three-year post-SSC diploma taught at polytechnic colleges at par with Standard-XII,

Giving details, Education Minister Ramanlal Vora today said the decision has been taken with a view to making the students more employable as well as treat the course as higher education.

Those who pass ITI courses of 2-year or more duration of National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) or Gujarat Council for Vocational Training (GCVT) would be treated at par with Gujarat Secondary Education Board's Standard-X or Gujarat Open School Examination with Gujarati and English as subjects, and they could go for higher education in post-SSC courses.

Similarly, he said, those who complete 2-year's ITI course after passing Standard-X or its equivalent recognized course, having passed NCVT or GCVT examinations with English as a subject would be treated at par with Gujarat Secondary Education Board or Gujarat Higher Secondary Education Board's Standard-XII or Gujarat Open School and could opt for higher courses.

And, those students who complete 3-year diploma courses in polytechnics after Standard-X would be treated at par with Standard-XII pass. Since they would have studied one year more and apply for admission to colleges may be considered for exemption of a year's study with 40 credit points under Choice Based Credit System.

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