Around 50 domestic schools will offer Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) international programme.
The course is based on Geneva’s International Baccalaureate (IB) and will help students with admission in foreign education institutions after Class 12.
The course known as CBSE-I will have a global curriculum based on enquiry based learning with flexibility in approach.
The course offers social studies at local and global level and mathematics at two levels — core and elective — for secondary classes. The assessment will be school based with a public exam in Class 10 and 12.
HRD minister Kapil Sibal said that students who wanted to apply to foreign institutions should take the IB course.
“We are increasing the childrens’ choices,” he said.
The Association of Indian Universities has recognised the course and CBSE chairperson Vineet Joshi said the feedback from schools, which had had adopted the international course, had been positive.
As compared to IB, the CBSE-I is less expensive and a quality alternative to international courses. The programme is available through the net open to both teachers and students.
Sibal is expecting Kendriya Vidalayas and other schools to come forward and adopt the programme.
According to CBSE, the International curriculum of CBSE-I caters to individual learning styles in terms of pedagogy and assessment.
It will address global needs as well as relate to local issues and local culture.