From next year, the CBSE will start offering several new elective subjects to students of classes XI and XII who wish to break away from the regular subjects.
In the first phase, students will be able to select from three subjects -- human rights and gender studies, creative writing and translation and heritage craft.
Three other subjects -- visual arts and graphic design, art appreciation and development studies -- will be introduced in the academic session starting April 2008. Film, television and media studies are also on the cards. All the papers will be worth 100 marks each.
CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly said, "We are also looking at developing curriculum for elective subjects in disciplines like archaeology, architecture and critical thinking." Ganguly said that the schools had not been informed yet about the introduction of the subjects as the priority right now was preparing the textbooks. Students from any stream will be able to opt for these subjects. "We are trying to discourage a system which ties students to a certain stream," said Ganguly.