A scheme of Vocationalization Education +2 stage has been introduced in the State from the academic year 1978-79. The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary has introduced subjects under the scheme in 6 different group viz. Technical, Commerce, Agriculture, Home Science, Fisheries and Paramedical.
The bifocal courses are being conducted in 1035 Institutes (50 Government, 320 Private Aided and 665 Private Self Finance Jr. Colleges) in the State with the strength of 110000 students. The students pursuing bifocal Vocational Courses are in a position to enter the world of work or to go for higher education vertically in their Vocational field.
In order to motivate the trainees to go in for self employment or employment, after completion of the Higher Secondary Education and thus to divert them from the University education, the scheme of Vocationalization of Education at +2 stage has been introduced.
The main aim is to give useful education for joining the world of work at the level of Secondary and even after completion of the secondary education; the students are trained as skilled or semi-skilled Craftsman under the Craftsman Training Scheme.
The Vocationalization of Education at +2 stage has been introduced as an educational programme, adopted at the National level and is useful for providing trained manpower to the industries. In Maharashtra, the completion of Higher Secondary Education with Vocational subjects, the students can join the world, as they are better trained.