New Delhi: UGC has asked all universities to ensure recognition of CBSE’s international curriculum programme as the first batch of standard XII students will be passing out this year.
“All universities are requested to create awareness about ‘CBSE-i’ curriculum among their affiliated colleges and also convey relevant instructions to all the stakeholders concerned for recognition of this curriculum and its inclusion under the university recognition policy,” it said in a recent letter to all the institutes.
This is necessary as students would be applying to universities abroad, it said.
The CBSE-i programme, a global curriculum for students, was rolled out in 2012-13 to increase the choices of students opting for higher studies abroad and provide an alternative to programmes offered by foreign boards such as International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education.
It is designed to be on par with the international curricula and an enquiry and skill-based curriculum that caters to an individual’s learning style in terms of pedagogy and assessment.
Besides, it seeks to address global needs as well as relate to local issues and culture.
The programme is approved by the Association of Indian Universities.
Launching the programme, the then HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had said 70 per cent of the content is global while the rest is localised.
Moreover, unlike the national curriculum, which comprised three streams – science, humanities and commerce – the international curriculum consists of languages, performing arts, visual arts, physical education, social science, life skills, research projects, sciences and mathematics. Mathematics is further divided into core, elective and ICT.
So far, about 50 schools in the country have launched the programme.