The curriculum will encourage community service by students in association with an NGO from Class 1 and focus on research from Class 5. The CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi said "We have plans to run CBSE-I on a pilot basis in 50 schools. With 450 schools eager to join, we have decided to bring in 100 schools under the new curriculum."
CBSE-I ould help students to pursue higher education abroad and interact meaningfully with global markets in 29 schools in the Middle East and south Asia. Educationists are, however suspicious about the move.
RVG Menon said "CBSE is trying to implement what is already part of the National Curriculum Framework. With increasing number of children coming from nuclear families, where everything is child-centric, schools now have the added responsibility of developing social consciousness among students."
Also research activity, if implemented consciously and cautiously, can mould a child's future. But care has to be taken to ensure that these don't turn out to be fancy ideas that remain only on paper; Menon added.
An Educationists Meena Vishwanathan says that "Social consciousness must be cultivated from early childhood. Of what use is the knowledge of subject matter and life skills, if children are not socially conscious?"
What is the difference between CBSE and CBSE-I ?
CBSE : Consists of three streams such as Science, humanities and commerce. It is worldwide in affiliation and was introduced in the year 1962. CBSE is Emphasized on Indian Educational Syatem based on NCF and NCERT.
CBSE's speciality is CCE, Project Work and Board Examinations. Here classes/grades are provided from Class 1 to 12.
CBSE-I : Consists of Languages, performing arts, visual arts, physical education, social science, life skills, research projects, sciences and mathematics (Both Elective and Core). It is worldwide and introduced in the year 2010.
CBSE-I is Emphasized on Global education. Research orientation and social empowerment. Main speciality is CCE, Research, Life skills and SEWA. Provides classes or grades from class 1-10.
Other Features of CBSE-i are as follows :
- The ministry has proposed that the snnual course registration fee will be Rs. 1.5lakhs.
- The entire course will be totally online.
- The entire curriculum will be taught through e-books, will include more foreign languages and different syllabi for other subjects.
- Beneficial for students who want to pursue their higher education abroad.