Starting this academic year, Class 11 students of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) can study law, theatre and be a part of the National Cadet Corps (NCC).
The Board has introduced electives in these three modules on a pilot basis for the academic year of 2013-14. Class 12 students will be able to opt for them in the following year.
Currently the electives, carrying 100 marks each, will be offered on a first-cum-first serve basis to nearly 20 selected schools. Depending on the success of the pilot, they will be made permanent in the curriculum.
The board says it has introduced these to make its curriculum more relevant. These subjects are generally taught only at a degree-college level.
“Early exposure to such topics will help them make informed career choices and develop perspective on various issues,” said Avnita Bir, principal of RN Podar School, Santacruz.
The electives will be common to all the streams —science students will also be able to opt for legal studies or theatre. “Such a system will allow flexibility so students can take up a variety of subject combinations, giving them expertise across fields,” Bir added.
City schools affiliated to the board have started lining up for the pilot course as they feel these courses will be a big hit with the students. “We have applied for the NCC elective. It will prepare students for a career in the armed forces,” said Geeta Balagangadharan, principal of the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Panvel. “This elective will also have outdoor activities such as camps and will be popular with students.”
Similarly, the theatre elective would be useful for students interested in creative arts as it will teach theatre forms, production work and skills such performing, directing, designing, added Bir.
The central board says learning theatre will be an overall help. “We have introduced this elective with a view that theatre will play an important role in reinforcing and furthering the learning of other academic subjects taught in conventional ways,” states a circular by Sadhana Parashar, director of academic research, training and innovation.