Months after the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) made the syllabus for science and mathematics common across several state boards, the syllabus for commerce is also set to be standardised.
"The proposal to have a standard syllabus for all students came from the HRD ministry six months back. Since then, we have been trying to ensure uniformity. We first made a common syllabus for science and mathematics, and now the process for commerce is almost complete," said VK Tripathi, joint director, NCERT.
The ministry has been pushing for a standardised syllabus to ensure a level playing field for students across states as many students feel they fall behind when it comes to competitive exams as questions are usually based on the NCERT syllabus.
The NCERT and the Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE), who also prepared the core syllabus for science and mathematics earlier this year, are working on the new syllabus.
The common core commerce syllabus has already been approved by 19 boards, including CBSE. The other state boards to accept this are Haryana, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Goa, Nagaland, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Kerala, Assam and Paschimbanga.
"Around 19 boards had agreed to a common syllabus for commerce. In a recent meeting many more showed interest. Even Indian School Certificate Board is following the new syllabus for science," Tripathi added.
There are a total of 32 recognised educational boards in the country today. The commerce syllabus will be ready by the end of September and will be introduced in the books in the new edition from next year.
"The changes are not very big, just a few changes here and there. It is not going to be much of a problem as we bring out new editions every year," Tripathi added.
He also said that it was easier to being about standardisation in subjects such as Physics and commerce as compared to humanities subjects. "They are governed by their own regional idiom. But in sciences, there is no room for interpretation so a common syllabus is easier to form," he said.