PU students to study blow-up syllabus for exam this year

PU students to study blow-up syllabus for exam this year

Reversing its recent decision asking second year pre-university students to study the entire contents of the prescribed textbooks for the annual exams in March 2015, the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE) on Tuesday announced that students could go by the “Blow Up” syllabus for this year.

Two days ago, the department had issued a statement asking all the students appearing for II PU exam this year to study the complete textbook. In order to not overwhelm the students, the department had decided to conduct a state-wide common preparatory exam, the questions for which were to be framed on the basis of the prescribed textbooks. The preparatory exam was scheduled to be held this month.

However, students felt that the decision of the department came too late in the academic year. Protesting against the directive, several II PU students staged a dharna at the Mysore Bank Circle in the City on Tuesday.

Confirming the reversal of the earlier decision, DPUE Director Sushama Godbole said the decision was taken after a meeting with the Primary and Secondary Education Minister Kimmane Ratnakar.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Ratnakar said that while he was in complete agreement with the department's decision to ask the students to study the complete syllabus, it was too late to announce it for this year's exam. “I understand the director's intention. But these decisions have to be taken in the beginning of the academic year,” he said. The minister clarified that the blow up syllabus would be permitted only for this year and from the next academic year students would have to study the complete syllabus.

Blow Up syllabus is a compilation of all the important concepts in the pre-university syllabus, that was framed by the department last year, to help students appear for the II PU exams in March 2014. Since last year was the first time that the students were appearing for syllabus on par with the CBSE curriculum, the department had issued the blow up syllabus where students could concentrate only on the important topics. This had to be done as it was found that even teachers were ill equipped to teach the newly introduced textbooks confirming NCERT standards.

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