Specialisation in pure arts, science or commerce will soon be a thing of the past in education.

The Government is in the process of allowing greater flexibility in choosing subjects from secondary education to university level, according to Mr Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Telecommunications and IT.

Speaking to reporters after inaugurating the Institute of Management Technology's (IMT) campus here on Saturday, Mr Sibal said the flexibility in education was likely be introduced at ‘some level' in about a year.

“Why can't a science graduate do a course in music or history? Multi-disciplinary education will also increase employability and skills,'' he said.

“We are working on the concept. The Council for Boards of Secondary Education is talking to boards of all States. It should be possible to have a vocational certificate from CBSE along with normal studies soon,'' he said.

Earlier, while speaking at the inaugural function, Mr Sibal said the business schools should move away from focus on placements and fat salaries.

The management institutions should provide solutions to problems in health, education and elimination of poverty. “There is also need for more number of institutions to spread management education,” he added.

Mr Kamal Nath, Union Minister for Urban Development and President of IMT, said the institute would cater to the changing needs of management education in the context of globalisation.

The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, said Andhra Pradesh was becoming a knowledge hub with all major educational institutions preferring to come to the State.