Punjab government approved setting up of 300 state of art counseling centres in the state to provide career guidance to the students. Each centre would take care of students from 10 to 13 schools. Presiding over a meeting of career guidance and counseling cell in Chandigarh, state Education minister Daljit Singh Cheema said each counseling unit would be fully equipped with modern technology.
Besides a fully qualified counselor and resource person would be made available in each of these units. The resource person would assess strengths and weaknesses of each student and provide career guidance accordingly, he said. On being asked to explore the possibility of establishing a 24X7 career guidance helpline, Cheema said it was imperative to provide counseling to students during their stressful times.
He said that in the era of modern technology and fast changing economic environment, students need to be updated about new career opportunities. They cannot afford to adopt herd mentality and opt just for medical or engineering courses. The new economy and global environment has opened up opportunities for students and they can opt their career according to their talent and choice, Cheema said. The minister added that when students seek counseling, it is necessary to keep them anonymous, especially during examination and result days.
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