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Cbse removes chapters on Islamic empires and the Cold War from the curriculum; Faiz verses also excluded


The CBSE removed chapters on the Non-Aligned Movement, the Cold War era, the rise of Islamic empires in Afro-Asian territories, the Mughal court chronicles and the Industrial Revolution from history and science curricula. political science in grades 11 and 12.

Similarly, in the curriculum for class 10, the subject “the impact of globalization on agriculture from a chapter on ‘food security’ was dropped. The translated excerpts of two poems in Urdu by Faiz Ahmed Faiz in ‘Religion, Communalism and Politics Communalism’, the ‘Secular State’ section was also excluded this year.

The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) has also dropped course content chapters on ‘Democracy and Diversity’.

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Asked about the rationale behind the choice of topics or chapters dropped, officials argued that the changes were part of streamlining the curriculum and were in line with recommendations from the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

The abandoned chapter “Central Islamic Lands” in the class 11 history syllabus discusses the rise of Islamic empires in Afro-Asian territories and its implications for the economy and society, according to the description of the syllabus. ‘last year. The chapter focused on the arenas of Islam with reference to its rise, the rise of the caliphate and the building of empire.

Similarly, in the class 12 history syllabus, the deleted 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 curriculum shared with schools for the 2022-23 academic session also hints at the board’s decision to revert to a single-board exam during a two-term exam session last year.

While the two-quarter review was announced as a one-time special measure taken due to the Covid pandemic, council officials had said last week that a final call would be taken in due course bearing in mind the situation.

“The CBSE provides a syllabus for grades 9-12 each year containing academic content, an examination syllabus with learning outcomes, teaching practices and assessment guidelines.

Considering stakeholder feedback and other prevailing conditions, the board supports the completion of the annual assessment program at the end of the 2022-23 academic session and the program has been designed accordingly,” said a senior council official.

However, this is not the first time the board has cut some chapters from the program that have been on the program for decades.

As part of its decision to streamline the curriculum, the CBSE had announced in 2020 that the chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism and secularism in the class 11 political science textbook would not be considered when student evaluation, sparking a major controversy. The subjects were restored in the 2021-22 academic session and are still part of the curriculum.


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