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CBSE working on reduced school syllabus for next academic session: HRD Minister

The academic sessions which usually start from July will now begin in September. The minister had said that the exam for ongoing sessions will be held in July.

By: Education Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 12, 2020 7:22:18 pm
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The syllabus for the upcoming academic session of schools is likely to reduced, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank today informed during the second live interaction with students through social media platforms. He said the decision has been taken considering the pressure on students and the loss of important academic time.

“CBSE will assess the loss of instructional time for a proportionate reduction in curriculum load for exams. In accordance, course committees of the Board has initiated work on the reduced syllabus in various scenarios,” states an official statement from the ministry.

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This can also result in the lesser syllabus for JEE Main and NEET to be held next year. The final decision will be taken next year on the basis of how much the syllabus has been reduced. The issue of curtailing the syllabus was raised by Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia in a meeting with HRD earlier this week.

For this year, both JEE Main, NEET 2020  have been delayed till JulyFurther, a report by The Indian Express informs that JEE Advanced is likely to be held on August 23.

Considering there are several months to go for exams, the minister advised parents not to pressurise students and help them cope with these difficult times. The HRD minister said students can use the time to study through digital modes. “Diksha portal has content for different exams and in different languages. It has an interactive curriculum. Students should use e-content, especially under lockdown. The national repository from open universities is also available at the portal,” he stated.

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“For students hailing from rural areas, we understand that network connectivity issues can arise. For them, we are making efforts to reach them. We are adding both school and college courses on SWAYAM portal and SWYAM Prabha – a television or DTH initiative can telecast educational content on DD, Tata Sky, Airtel TV and other platforms,” the minister said.

The academic sessions which usually start from July will now begin in September. The minister had said that the exam for ongoing sessions will be held in July.

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