K Kasturirangan will chair a panel of the Ministry of Education to create a new curriculum

According to ministry officials, this will be in line with the Fifth National Curriculum Framework (NCFs), after a 16-year hiatus, and the reforms outlined in the NEP.

The Union Ministry of Education on Tuesday formed a 12-member committee to create new curricula for schools, early childhood, teachers and adult education, officials said. The Chairperson of the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP-2020) Drafting Committee will be chaired by a panel headed by Kasturirangan tasked with developing the four National Curriculum Framework (NCFs). Mr. Kasturirangan is also the former head of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

This will be the fifth NCF, which will come in a span of 16 years and will be in line with the reforms described in the NEP, according to ministry officials. Members of the panel include Mahesh Chandra Pant, Chancellor of the National Institute of Education Planning and Administration; Govinda Prasad Sharma, Chairman, National Book Trust; Jamia Millia Islamia Vice-Chancellor Nazma Akhtar; TV Kattimoni, Vice-Chancellor, Central Tribal University, Andhra Pradesh; IIM Jammu Chairperson Milind Kamble and IIT Gandhinagar Guest Professor Michelle Danino.

Jagbir Singh, Chancellor of Central University of Punjab, Batinder; Manjul Vargab, American mathematician of Indian descent; MK Sridhar, trainer and social worker; Dhir Jhingran, Founder-Director of the Language and Learning Foundation (LLF); Shankar Maruwada, co-founder and CEO of the Extep Foundation, is also on the panel.

Under the terms of the committee, it will create four NCFs for school education, early childhood care and education, teacher education and adult education, taking into account all the recommendations of NEP-2020 related to these four areas for proposing curriculum reform. .

The committee will discuss various aspects of school education, early childhood care and education (ECCE), teacher education and adult education, focusing on all the recommendations of NEP-2020 related to these four areas to propose curriculum reform. Ministry officials said.

NCFs serve as a guideline for curriculum, textbooks and teaching practices for schools in India. The committee will discuss the “Position Paper” finalized by the National Focus Group on four different aspects of drawing input from the state curriculum framework.

According to officials, the development of new curricula will not be a top-down practice and district-level consultations will be sought after the states and union territories bring their own curricula before setting up NCFs. When creating NCFs, the committee will also consider the impact of situations like COVID-19, they said.

“The committee will also discuss the position paper finalized by the National Focus Group on various aspects of the above four areas. The panel will draw inputs from the state curriculum framework found in the technical platform for NCFs,” the official said.

“In convening its meetings, the Committee may invite subject matter experts, scholars, academics, etc., as and when required, and decide on the steps to be taken to meet the time frame of the strategy for the development of the NCF.” The committee will finalize the NCFs after incorporating suggestions from various stakeholders such as the States, Union Territories and the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the Executive Committee and General Body (GB) meeting of the Central Advisory Board. On education.

“The term of the National Steering Committee will be three years. The Director will assist the NCERT SC to complete its module. The terms of reference for the panel may be extended as required,” the official added.


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