A revamped and more ‘Indian’ curriculum for pupils from 2023-24


New Delhi: Students in schools in India could study a new curriculum from the 2023-24 academic session. The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) – a document referred to when designing textbooks in India – is expected to be ready early next year, ThePrint has learned. The NCF is being developed as part of the government’s new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. Ministry of Education sources told ThePrint that the aim of the revised curriculum is “rooting in India” and will instil “a sense of pride” among students. “The NCF document will be ready early next year – most likely February – after which the school curriculum across the country will be revised accordingly,” a senior government source told ThePrint. The government, the source said, plans to publish the document “well before the start of the 2023-24 academic session so that the books can be printed according to the new schedule”. ThePrint has contacted the official Department of Education spokesperson via email for comment. This story will be updated when a response is received. The NCF is being developed as part of the government’s new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 – a plan that proposes sweeping reforms in the country’s education sector. The process is being spearheaded by a committee of experts headed by the former head of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), K. Kasturirangan, who also spearheaded the development of the NEP. The exercise is conducted under the supervision of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), which works on the curriculum. Consultations are currently underway with 25 national focus groups to help design the new FNC. The NCF currently in use in India dates from 2005. Also Read: Modi Government Curriculum, Fundamental Homework and Yoga: What New DU Value Added Courses Will Look Like Drastic Changes Although there have been minor revisions in the curriculum at the years — among them a curtailment of the program during the pandemic — that overhaul will be major, development-conscious officials told ThePrint. According to a terms of reference document prepared by NCERT, everything in the new curriculum will be designed with “Indian roots” in mind with the aim of “instilling pride of country” in students. It also aims to teach them about gender equality and make them compassionate human beings, the document says. The government panel working on the NCF met with at least 20 religious groups among other stakeholders. Religious groups the panel met include Ramakrishna Mission, Chinmaya Mission, Aurobindo Ashram, Saraswati Vidya Mandir, two Chennai-based Christian mission organizations and Alim Madrasah, which operates registered madrasas across the country. (Editing by Uttara Ramaswamy) Also read: Next phase of NEP: Encouraging students to work on start-ups, pushing for ‘Bharatiya Games’


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