RSS man asks Smriti to rejig CBSE curriculum

June 6, 2014

New Delhi : RSS man Dinanath Batra met HRD minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday evening and gave her a charter of demands, including a blueprint to overhaul Central Board of Secondary Education and a new curriculum framework that can lead to a "strong and vibrant India".

Batra also petitioned the ministry about several alleged wrongdoings in the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Indira Gandhi National Open Universi ty (IGNOU) and National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).

"I met the minister on Tuesday . I have requested her to completely overhaul the system," Batra said. He also told the minister that as president of NCERT, she is within her rights to reconstitute the council. He has asked her to instruct NCERT to call a meeting of the council immediately .

Batra has sought transformation in CBSE's profile to an "internationally credible national school board, rooted in the Indian culture". His petition says, "CBSE should work on its own in syllabus formation, text book and support material development, teacher training, studies and research. Work of other tests and examinations presently handled by CBSE should be handed over to a new National Evaluation Board."

Batra demanded that CBSE should restrict itself to giving affiliation to only those schools that exhibit "interstate and international presence" rather than "creating parallels to the state board/council". CBSE, the charter of demand said, must have exclusive presence overseas as a national board.

Demand has also been made that CBSE be headed by a professional and experienced chairperson, rather than a civil servant.

Batra also requested that the job of developing the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) should be assigned to a committee of academics/ experts constituted by the HRD ministry to independently undertake the exercise and submit the NCF to the government to be passed by Central Advisory Board of Education.


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