The CBSE has dropped chapters about the Cold War era, the chronicles of Mughal courts, and the industrial revolution from the history and political science syllabi of classes 11 and 12
The CBSE has dropped chapters about the Non-Aligned Movement, the Cold War era, the rise of Islamic empires in Afro-Asian territories, the chronicles of Mughal courts and the industrial revolution from the history and political science syllabi of classes 11 and 12.
The topic impact of globalization on agriculture has been dropped from a chapter on Food Security” in the class 10 syllabus. This year, excerpts from two poems in Urdu by Faiz Ahmed Faiz have been excluded from the section ‘Religion, Communalism and Politics Communalism, Secular State’.
The Central Board of Secondary Education CBSE has also dropped the course content chapters on ‘democracy and diversity’.
Asked about the rationale behind the choice of topics or chapters being dropped, officials maintained that the changes are part of the rationalisation of the syllabus and are in line with the recommendations of the National Council for Educational Research and Training NCERT The dropped chapter on Central Islamic Lands in the class 11 history syllabus talks about the rise of Islamic empires in the Afro-Asian territories and its implications for economy and society.
The chapter focused on arenas of Islam in reference to its emergence, the rise of the caliphate and empire building.
In the class 12 history syllabus, the dropped 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 syllabus shared with schools for the 2022 — 23 academic session hints at the board’s decision to revert to a single board exam in a session from the two term examination last year.
The two term exam was announced as a one-time special measure taken in view of the Covid epidemic, but the board officials said last week that a final call will be taken in due course of time.
CBSE provides a curriculum for classes 9 to 12 with academic content, a syllabus for examinations with learning outcomes, pedagogical practices and assessment guidelines. The board supports conducting the annual scheme of assessment at the end of the academic session 2022 — 23 based on feedback from stakeholders and other prevailing conditions, and the curriculum has been designed accordingly, a senior board official said.
This is not the first time that the board has dropped certain chapters that have been part of the curriculum for decades.
As part of its decision to rationalise the syllabus, the CBSE announced in 2020 that chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, and secularism will not be considered in the class 11 political science textbooks, triggering a major controversy.
The topics were restored in the 2021 — 22 academic session and remain part of the curriculum.