COBSECouncil of Boards of School Education (India)
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COBSE general secretary Puran Chand has said the CISCE is a legally valid board and has been recognised under a central law passed by Parliament (the 1973 Act).
Describing the task as its responsibility, the NCERT has asked COBSE, which comprises representatives of all state boards, and the CBSE to keep off its turf.
In its last meeting, COBSE had claimed that all state boards had agreed on having a common syllabusin science and maths and they would be working together to develop it.
The CBSE and COBSE had written to the NCERT, asking it to "participate" in the process of framing a common curriculum.
The NCERT is also sceptical about COBSE's claims of a " consensus" among all the state boards on the issue.
After the COBSE meeting in February, Union human resource development minister Kapil Sibal had announced that from the academic year 2011- 12, the science and mathematics curricula for classes XI and XII would be uniform across the country, claiming that a " consensus" had been reached on the issue.
Sibal had even said after science and maths, COBSE would start framing a common commerce curriculum.
Over 20 school boards, including the Central Board of Secondary Education ( CBSE), the Indian Council of Secondary Education ( ICSE) and state boards, present at the COBSE meeting agreed on common syllabus in the two subjects for class XI and class XII students from next year.
Subsequently, the COBSE held consultations with all school education boards to frame a draft core curriculum.
CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi, who played a central role in the COBSE deliberations said, " The decision ( on a common syllabus) would be of immense help to students." Poonam Sodhi, deputy secretary of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, said, " A common syllabus will help in bringing the competence level of children to the same level." At present, universities follow different practices to select students for the undergraduate courses.
" However, we are open to the idea." At the meeting on Tuesday, the COBSE also said it had prepared a core curriculum for senior secondary classes in science and mathematics.
According to Union human resource development minister Kapil Sibal, the COBSE had approved of the decision to introduce a core curriculum in science and mathematics at the senior secondary levels.