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CBSE's new course to answer young historians' queries

chandigarh Updated: Jul 04, 2013 10:50 IST
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Good news for students wanting to studycountry's rich cultural heritage, knowledge of traditions and age-old practices, as the CBSE will give them an opportunity to choose the same at senior-secondary level.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce a new elective course for students of Class 11 and 12 from 2013-14 session.

From this new session, CBSE schools will have the option to learn about the era of Indian astronomy or how famous caves were sculpted all around the country among several other interesting things available in the Vedas and Upnishads.

RJ Khanderao, regional officer of CBSE said: "We all know that India has a rich tradition of intellectual inquiry and a textual heritage that dates back to several hundreds of years. India is magnificently advanced in knowledge of traditions and practices since ancient and medieval times."

"The intellectual achievement of Indian thoughts is found across several fields of study in ancient Indian texts ranging from the Vedas and the Upanishads to a whole range of scriptural, philosophical, scientific, technical and artistic sources," he added.

"It is CBSE's firm conviction that the basis of all education, which it seeks to impart, is the development of a strong value system and a deep pride for India's knowledge, traditions and practices. In absence of an easily accessible source of information, knowledge traditions and practices remain untapped leading to ignorance and misconceptions. Hence we decided to introduce this subject," Khanderao added.

"The course has been divided into 10 modules, including astronomy in India, chemistry in India, Indian literature, philosophy, Indian metallurgy, lifesciences and ayurveda, traditional practices in environment conservation, Indian dance and drama," the regional officer said.

Through the introduction of newly introduced elective course, the CBSE aims to make students aware of ancient land and culture. Student would learn through various modules and develop an objective insight into the traditions and practices. The exercises and activities mentioned for each module would enable a student to relate traditional wisdom to the current times, he added.

The course is a comprehensive compendium of survey articles, followed by extracts of primary texts from various sources. The course for both classes 11 and 12 has been designed in such a manner that it embodies various disciplines and fields of study.

Radhika Mishra, who teaches science at a government school in city said: "This will be a good learning experience for children because they will be able to understand their roots and also know about aryabhatta, ancient arithmetic and the way scientists studied planets."

Teachers don't have to undergo any extra training to each the course, as a post-graduation in science or humanities would make them eligible to teach the course in all affiliated schools.
There will be a 30% weightage for a research project, where students would explore Indian values, traditions and seats of wisdom, which will give them a chance to do field work.

"It is our strong belief that the course will help students in building immense pride and will raise their self-esteem. The 30% weightage for research project and viva-voice will lead a student to explore Indian values, tradition systems and seats of wisdom by going to various places of historical significance," Khanderao said.