The board has decided to launch the CBSE (International) curriculum or the CBSE-I, which will be implemented in class I and class IX starting from Apr 1, 2010. Over the course of next three years, the curriculum will be extended to all classes.
The CBSE-I will enable India to reach out to foreign schools and educational institutions besides competing with them. The new curriculum is a lot more flexible than the Indian version.
As of now 25 schools already affiliated to the CBSE from places like Muscat, Dubai, Qatar and Singapore have signed up for the international curriculum.
“The CBSE is working out some system of examination that would qualify students for seeking admission in universities, though assessment will be based on continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE), the grading system adopted in the Indian schools," CBSE chairperson Vineet Joshi announced on Monday, Mar 29.
While the basic syllabus would be based on the guidelines of the National Curriculum Framework-2005 and the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), there would be more flexibility in the courses that would focus on world geography and regional issues would be given more space, Mr Joshi added.
This move by the education board is being described as 'soft diplomacy' and as CBSE's efforts to build a brand.