Addressing a press conference, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said, "Today is a historic day for all students. There will be a core curriculum in the science stream (both maths and science) for all school boards across India from 2011."
He further said, "This was done with unanimity. This will provide a level playing field for all students studying in Classes 11 and 12."
The HRD Minister met at least 20 members of school educational boards from various states to discuss the core curriculum in the science stream.
The Council of School Board of Education (COBSE) also agreed that the school boards will work towards a common entrance examination for admission of students in higher courses, including engineering and medicine, by 2013.
A core curriculum in Commerce stream is expected to be ready in the next three months.