The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry is developing a common curriculum for commerce.
A uniform curriculum for maths and science across educational boards for Class 9 upwards has already been approved and students will be tested for it in 2011 across states.
“The core curriculum for science is ready and we are working on developing a common commerce curriculum for all school boards,” said Kapil Sibal, HRD minister, who was in the city to inaugurate the three-day Indo-US Education Council on Saturday.
The Council of School Board of Education, the apex body for all school boards and councils in the country, has created the common curriculum.
Sibal emphasised that Indians going abroad to study was not a feasible economic model. “Instead of moving the human resource to the investment, the investment should move to the human resource.”
“Pricing has a direct link to sustainability. I can’t afford to give the 22 crore children in my country a Tablet PC worth $100 so I am creating one for $35,” Sibal said.
With regard to the Foreign Universities Bill, he said the government would not allow for-profit institutes and fly-by-night operators into the country. “I am not against institutes earning returns on their investments, but like Harvard and Yale put their earnings back into the institution and did not pass them to shareholders, it shall be the same over here.”
The minister also wants educational institutes to bring democracy in the classroom where students can study “music and maths together”, where vocational education will be linked to academics.
The ministry is in the process of creating a National Vocational Education Framework. “We will introduce a range of courses in the higher secondary school system, which will be linked to community colleges. The courses offered would be in tandem with the trades of the locality and state governments will have to define the needs of every locality,” added Sibal.