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HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014

CBSE brings students closer to Indian culture, heritage

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, August 05, 2013
First Published: 12:31 IST(5/8/2013) | Last Updated: 12:33 IST(5/8/2013)

To help students know more about India’s rich heritage and culture, the Central Board of Secondary Education has introduced a new elective subject, ‘Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India’ (KTPI) for classes 11 and 12.

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The course combines various disciplines of study such as mathematics, chemistry, fine arts, agriculture, trade and commerce, astronomy, surgery, environment, life sciences and many others subjects, directly linking the students to the traditional knowledge of Indian culture.

Apart from helping teachers to understand distinctive cultural background of every student, the course aims at making students familiar with Indian texts, thoughts and civilisation.

Students will be able to analyse ancient literatures and learn their relevance in current context.

“This is a unique course, which is not about humanising India’s past but learning from the past and doing better in the future.

We need to find answers to our present-day questions from the rich history that we belong to,” said a senior CBSE official.

Gaining such knowledge in different disciplines would help students develop better understanding of traditions as well as contemporary practices.

“Teachings of one’s own culture and heritage will definitely impart self awareness and self esteem to the students,” said another CBSE official.

CBSE said that the course has been introduced with a view that students can use the traditional wisdom of India to relate to current times.

Through a research project and viva voice, students will explore Indian values, tradition systems and seats of wisdom by going to various places of historical significance.

Nearly 30% weightage will be reserved for such projects.

The newly introduced course titled ‘Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India’ has received an overwhelming response from the educationists and the teaching community all over India.

It aims to engage students with a sense of exploration and discovery at the same time highlighting the concepts and major achievements in various disciplines of knowledge.

The board also clarified on the qualifications required by teachers to be able to teach these subjects.

The science based modules can be taught by teachers who have done post graduation in science while the humanities based modules can be taught by post graduate teachers of humanities subjects.


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