Kasturirangan Committee to Develop a New National Curriculum Framework (NCF)
Part of: Prelims and GS II – Education
Context The Centre has appointed former ISRO chairman K. Kasturirangan as the head of a 12-member steering committee responsible for developing a new National Curriculum Framework (NCF).
- Dr. Kasturirangan also chaired the drafting committee for the National Education Policy, 2020 which recommended the development of a new NCF.
- The steering committee has been given a tenure of three years to complete its task.
- NCF is meant to be a guiding document for the development of textbooks, syllabi and teaching practices in schools across the country.
- It will develop four such frameworks, one each to guide the curriculum of school education, teacher education, early childhood education and adult education.
Major features of National Education Policy 2020
- The current 10+2 system will be divided into 5 (3 to 8 years) +3 (8to 11 years) + 3 (11 to 14 years) + 4 (14 to 18 years) format.
- Co-curriculum and vocational subjects like sports, arts, commerce, science will be treated at the same level.
- Wherever possible, the medium of instruction in schools until at least Class 5, but preferably until Class 8 and beyond, will be the home language or mother tongue or regional language
- Multi-disciplinary higher education framework with portable credits, and multiple exits with certificates, diplomas and degrees.
- Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) will be set up as a single umbrella body for the entire higher education, excluding medical and legal education.
- National Educational Technology Forum (NETF), will be created to provide a platform for the free exchange of ideas on the use of technology.