‘No plan to have common course for all boards’
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.