Prior to the declaration of Senior School Certificate (Class XII) and Secondary School (Class X) the Board has by all means adopted the Modernization Policy in the following manner for Schools in India.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced three new courses for the current academic session 2010-11 for class XI and XII students. These include Mass Media Studies (academic/vocational), Geospatial Practices (vocational) and Hotel Management and Catering Technology (Vocational). A Memorandum to offer Hotel Management and Catering Technology courses in CBSE Schools was signed between the National Council for Hotel Management & Catering Technology (NCHMCT) and CBSE recently. Around 26 CBSE curriculum following schools have opted for this vocational course, which has started as a pilot project.
Some of these Indian Schools include the Kendriya Vidyalayas, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, School’s of Delhi Government and schools and Central Tibetan School Administration have adopted these new additions. The CBSE and NCHMCT would jointly certify the programme. The two have laid down a format which will be used for reflecting marks/grades as the case may be, obtained by the student in examinations conducted by CBSE. All the matters on finalization of course design, updation, training of teachers for the course, skill development of students, theory examinations and conducting the practical examinations would be taken care by CBSE board. The course in mass media studies will be offered in 20 schools as of now and CBSE has also tied up with Whistling Woods International for the course. Similarly, CBSE Board has tied up with Rolta India Limited, for the Geospatial Practices course, which will be offered in 13 schools, to begin with. These private partners for this activity will not only provide the curriculum support for to CBSE schools but will also impart training to the teachers who will be taking up these subjects in the schools.
Offering such innovative courses at school level will help compensate the candidates with subjects of their interest and also give them sufficient time for choosing their career path once out of school. This will also compensate the vagaries and bring uniformity in the evaluation process. The mean achievement across subject-wise performance of the candidates attributes will also be brought out through the examinations.
According to Just Indian Schools if India needs to survive possible foreseen human resources crises, it has to gear up to prepare itself for which the foundation has to be made strong, right from schools by imparting skills not only in historical students but also related courses. Another reason for putting in place such subjects in school is to tackle competition that Indian Schools would face for any discrimination, if foreign boards and schools were allowed to enter the country as foreign education institutes and domestic academic institutions would be regulated by accredited agencies appointed by the government.
This could become an inspiring trend setter, for other schools like ICSE Schools, NCRTE Board Schools and other state board schools.