‘No plan to have com­mon course for all boards’

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

The Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment (HRD) Min­istry on Mon­day ruled out any plan to in­tro­duce a com­mon course in CBSE, ICSE and other state boards, say­ing the uni­form syl­labus across the coun­try will not take into ac­count the lo­cal cul­ture and lan­guage.

The Min­istry also de­nied hav­ing any plan to close the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Open School­ing (NIOS).

Min­is­ter of State for HRD Upen­dra Kush­waha, in re­sponse to a writ­ten ques­tion in Lok Sabha, on Mon­day said, “The govern­ment does not plan to in­tro­duce a com­mon course in CBSE, state ed­u­ca­tion boards, NIOS and ICSE”.

“Mul­ti­plic­ity of cur­ric­ula and ed­u­ca­tional re­sources are de­sir­able as the uni­form syl­labus across the na­tion does not take into ac­count the lo­cal con­texts, cul­ture and lan­guage,” he said.

In re­sponse to an­other ques­tion, Kush­waha said, “The govern­ment does not pro­pose to close the NIOS”.

The HRD Min­istry also said it does not main­tain any data of fake ed­u­ca­tion boards found func­tion­ing in the coun­try.

Kush­waha said “some in­stances of func­tion­ing of fake ed­u­ca­tion boards have come to the no­tice of the Min­istry”.

“The Min­istry, how­ever, does not main­tain any cen­tralised data re­gard­ing fake ed­u­ca­tion boards func­tion­ing in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try,” he added.

The min­is­ter stated that state gov­ern­ments and po­lice au­thor­i­ties have been asked to iden­tify fake ed­u­ca­tion boards func­tion­ing in their ju­ris­dic­tion and reg­is­ter cases against them for mis­lead­ing peo­ple.

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