Press Esc to close
Tuesday 01 September 2015
News updated at 11:38 PM IST
Weather
Max: 29.4°C
Min : 21.1°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Centre to hold single entrance test from 2013

Last updated: 16 February, 2010
New Delhi, Feb 17, DH News Service:

Science, maths to have common syllabi

The Human Resource Development Ministry has decided to overhaul the high school science and mathematics syllabi, which will now be common for all school boards from the next academic year.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal
At the same, the ministry also decided that, beginning 2013, there will be a common entrance test for professional courses.

Announcing these latest decisions to reform high school education, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said here on Tuesday that most states had given their nod to the move.

The Central government believes that a common syllabi for the two disciplines would help students compete on an equal footing at national level entrance tests for various streams of specialised study.

It also decided to work towards a common entrance test for admission into higher courses, including engineering and medicine. Sibal said he met at least 20 members on the Council of School Board of Education (CBSE), the apex body for all school board and councils in the country, before deciding on implementing the core curriculum from 2011 and common entrance test by 2013.

“The apex body approved the core curriculum in science and mathematics. This will be accepted by all the state boards at the senior higher secondary level. Henceforth, the core curriculum will be taught in the science stream in all schools,” Sibal declared.
Asked whether similar common curriculum would be designed for humanities subjects, Sibal said he hoped all states agreed on it.

Level playing field

He said a common curriculum will provide a level playing field to all students as they will pursue the same course. The task force will also decide how to synergise the board and the proposed entrance examination. The CBSE body also agreed to evolve a core curriculum in commerce and arts streams in a phased manner. Common lessons will be taught in all the states while question papers will be set by the respective state boards.

“The common curriculum will bring all students from the country on a single platform -- to study a similar course and compete in examinations for IITs and medical colleges,” a ministry official said.

Pointing out that the government will set up a task force, which will decide the modalities of the common entrance tes, Sibal said the panel, expected to be set up within a month, will recommend whether the common entrance will give weightage to the marks obtained by students in their school boards.

The task force will take two years to come up with recommendations.

Now, universities are following different practices in selecting students for under-graduate courses. While some enroll students on the basis of marks, some conduct tests. Each state holds separate tests for admission to Engineering courses while elite institutes like the IITs and NITs admit students based on their merit. Similarly, medical institutions hold different types of tests.

The task force will consult school boards, IITs and AIIMS to examine whether the proposed entrance test will be able to cater to the requirements of all types of institutes, sources said. The common entrance will smoothen the admission process for Engineering courses as students will not have to appear in multiple tests. This will follow the American Scholastic Assessment Test  pattern.

However, Sibal said the common test issue will be put up before the Central Advisory Board of Education for approval.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
women's 2000M Dragon Boat race event at the 4th National Dragon Boat Championship...

women's 2000M Dragon Boat race event at the 4th National Dragon Boat Championship...

Launch of Ciaz Smart Hybrid in New Delhi...

Launch of Ciaz Smart Hybrid in New Delhi...

Iris Maju is crowned as Mrs India World 2015 in Kochi on Tuesday...

Iris Maju is crowned as Mrs India World 2015 in Kochi on Tuesday...

Activist of AASU burn tyres during a protest at Margherita in Tinsukia district...

Activist of AASU burn tyres during a protest at Margherita in Tinsukia district...

Narendra Modi leaves in a chopper after NDA's Parivartan Rally at the Airport Ground in Bhagalpur...

Narendra Modi leaves in a chopper after NDA's Parivartan Rally at the Airport Ground in Bhagalpur...

A artist giving final touches to the Ganesha idol ahead of Ganesha Chathurthi Festival...

A artist giving final touches to the Ganesha idol ahead of Ganesha Chathurthi Festival...

Vehicle riders watch as two decorated elephants pass near Shanthala theatre...

Vehicle riders watch as two decorated elephants pass near Shanthala theatre...

Eunuchs carry wheat saplings on their heads during a procession taken out to celebrate Bhujaria  ...

Eunuchs carry wheat saplings on their heads during a procession taken out to celebrate Bhujaria ...

Local members of Shiv Sena and Dogra Front carrying onions to mark protest against price hike of ...

Local members of Shiv Sena and Dogra Front carrying onions to mark protest against price hike of ...

Kannada actor Shivarajkumar and Geetha daughter Nirupama with Dileep weeding at Tripuravasini  ...

Kannada actor Shivarajkumar and Geetha daughter Nirupama with Dileep weeding at Tripuravasini ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523