CBSE launches new elective course

The subject, “Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India” (KTPI) is to be introduced as a new elective course for Class XI-XII.

July 26, 2013 6:43 IST | India Infoline News Service

In an attempt to revive India’s rich heritage and culture, Central Board of Secondary Education launches a new elective course for the higher secondary classes. The subject, “Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India” (KTPI) is to be introduced as a new elective course for Class XI-XII. 

The course combines various disciplines of study such as Mathematics, Chemistry, Fine Arts, Agriculture, Trade and Commerce, Astronomy, Surgery, Environment, Life Sciences and many others subjects, directly linking the students to the traditional knowledge of Indian culture.

Speaking at the occasion CBSE Chairman Shri Vineet Joshi said, “This is a unique course which is not about humanizing India’s past but learning from the past and doing better in the future. We need to find answer to our present day question from the rich history that we belong to.”

Prof. Kapil Kapoor, former Pro Vice-Chancellor, JNU is of the opinion, “Today, education teaches us about success but not about happiness.” The course aims to develop a better appreciation and understanding of not only the Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India but also of many contemporary questions and issues that students handle in their course work in related disciplines. 

Prof. Ch. Michel Danino, Guest Faculty, IIM – Gandhinagar and Ranchi said, “Knowledge is the essential standing point of the subject. We need to adopt knowledge in the teaching so that values will be inculcated automatically.”

Apart from helping teachers to understand distinctive cultural background of every student, the course aims at making students familiar with Indian texts, thoughts and civilization. Students will be able to analyze ancient literatures and learn their relevance in current context.  Gaining such knowledge in different disciplines will help students develop better understanding of traditions as well as contemporary practices. 

Teachings of one’s own culture and heritage will definitely impart self awareness and self esteem to the students. 

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