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CBSE to begin 3 new courses for 10+2 students

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will give its 10+2 students three more courses to choose from, this academic session. The three new courses, mass media and film appreciation, geo-spatial practices and hospitality, will be formally launched on July 19 and 20 in New Delhi.

delhi Updated: Jul 17, 2010 23:52 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will give its 10+2 students three more courses to choose from, this academic session. The three new courses, mass media and film appreciation, geo-spatial practices and hospitality, will be formally launched on July 19 and 20 in New Delhi.

Students can opt for these courses in Class XI as one of the main five subjects.

“The three new courses have been introduced to help nurture the interest and talent of students. The courses have been designed keeping in mind the demand for skilled manpower in the industries,” said a senior CBSE official.

The course on mass media will be considered an academic subject but those on geospatial practices and hospitality will come under the vocational subjects category. Initially, some schools in metros like Delhi and Mumbai will offer the courses, which are part of a pilot project of the Board.

Some schools offering these courses in Delhi and the National Capital Region are Springdales School(Pusa Road), Modern School(Vasant Vihar), Salwan Public School(Gurgaon).

Springdales School, Pusa Road, which will offer the mass media and film appreciation course as part of the Humanities stream, has a lot of enthusiastic takers. “I have spoken to students and parents about the course and they are really keen on studying it. It has a very interesting curriculum,” said principal Amita Wattal.

Salwan Public School(Gurgaon), will offer both mass media and geospatial practices courses. “The introduction of the new courses will give students a wider choice and help them channelise their interests better,” said Principal Indu Khetrapal.

However, principals said a lot has to be done to make these courses useful for students. “Students should be able to find employment immediately after finishing the course. Also, for college admissions, these subjects are not counted, so scoring well does not really help the student,” said Wattal.