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CBSE starts course in theatre studies

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 23, 2013
First Published: 23:12 IST(23/4/2013) | Last Updated: 23:13 IST(23/4/2013)

After introducing elective courses in legal studies and NCC, the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce a course in theatre studies.

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The new course will be introduced from the coming session.

The subject is being introduced as a pilot course on first-come-first-served basis in CBSE affiliated schools in class XI from the coming academic session. It can be offered as an elective subject with any combination of three other electives and a language. It will have a 70 marks theory paper with 30 marks for case study- based project and viva voce.

According to education experts, dramatic play is a rich subject and offers great learning opportunities. It teaches students the virtues of teamwork, management, communication and expression. Theatre has been used as an educational tool in various schools over the country.  

According to a statement by CBSE, the course is also being offered keeping in mind the wide variety of career options that this course can open up for students. "Theatre is one of the strongest mediums of expression we have. It is as old as mankind and has manifested itself in countless forms all over the world," said Vineet Joshi, chairperson, CBSE.

CBSE expects teachers to use the course to tackle problems that do not have easy solutions and to discuss and analyse issues around them. Students will be asked to work on various projects and will also be taught the basics of various dramatics theories.


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