CBSE removes chapters on Islamic empires, Cold War from curriculum; Faiz verses also excluded

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The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) has also removed chapters from course content on ‘democracy and diversity’

The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) has also removed chapters from course content on ‘democracy and diversity’

The CBSE removed chapters on the Non-Aligned Movement, the Cold War era, the rise of Islamic empires in Afro-Asian territories, the Mughal court chronicles and the Industrial Revolution from history and science curricula. political science in grades 11 and 12.

Similarly, in the curriculum for class 10, the subject “the impact of globalization on agriculture” from a chapter on “food security” has been deleted. The translated excerpts of two Urdu poems by Faiz Ahmed Faiz in the “Religion, Communalism and Politics – Communalism, Secular State section were also excluded this year.

The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) has also dropped course content chapters on ‘Democracy and Diversity’.

Asked about the rationale behind the choice of subjects or chapters dropped, officials argued that the changes were part of streamlining the curriculum and were in line with recommendations from the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

The abandoned chapter “Central Islamic Lands” in the class 11 history syllabus discusses the rise of Islamic empires in Afro-Asian territories and its implications for the economy and society, according to the description of the syllabus. ‘last year.

The chapter focused on the arenas of Islam with reference to its emergence, the rise of the Caliphate, and the building of empire.

Similarly, in the class 12 history syllabus, the deleted chapter titled “The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles” examined the chronicles of Mughal courts to reconstruct the social, religious and cultural history of the Mughals .

The curriculum shared with schools for the 2022-23 academic session also hints at the board’s decision to revert to a single-board exam during a two-term exam session last year.

While the two-quarter review was announced as a one-time special measure taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic, board officials said last week that a final call would be taken in due course keeping in mind mind the situation.

“CBSE provides a syllabus for grades 9-12 each year containing academic content, an examination syllabus with learning outcomes, teaching practices and assessment guidelines. the end of the 2022-23 academic session and the program was designed accordingly,” said a senior council official.

However, this is not the first time the board has cut some chapters from the program that have been on the program for decades.

As part of its decision to streamline the curriculum, the CBSE had announced in 2020 that the chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism and secularism in the class 11 political science textbook would not be considered when student evaluation, sparking a major controversy.

The subjects were restored in the 2021-22 academic session and are still part of the curriculum.

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