The school curriculum of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) may go for a significant makeover.

The CBSE governing board had recently approved a proposal to “merge” its international and national curriculum.

“The governing board has given in-principle approval to the proposal. We are looking into it,” a board’s official told DH.

The board is yet to work out the modalities for the merging of the CBSE’s international and national curriculum, the official added.

International students 

The CBSE rolled out an international curriculum, CBSE-i, in 2010, to cater to the educational needs of international students, particularly those belonging to the Indian diaspora settled abroad.

Though the core of the syllabus under the CBSE-i is based on the National Curriculum Framework 2005, that of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), it is different from the CBSE curriculum meant for schools in India.

“The international curriculum was primarily designed to cater to the needs of the Indian diaspora settled abroad, keeping in mind that it remains competitive with global trends and current pedagogical patterns,” an official source said.

The CBSE-i also seeks to help develop a global perspective, with the focus on research 
orientation and social empowerment.

Over the years, many schools in India also began offering CBSE-i curriculum with its growing popularity and demand. “Why should there be (two different curriculum) CBSE-i and CBSE? There should be one curriculum for all. The board is examining how to merge the two,” the source added.

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