National Core Curriculum in Science and Mathematics for First Year PUC from the Academic Year 2012-13
a) The Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE) is the apex body of all State Boards / Departments imparting Education from I to XII Standards in India. It also includes CBSE , ICSE and NIOS. To arrive at a uniform content for Higher Secondary Education, it took a decision in 2008 in a meeting held at Hyderabad to prepare National Core Curriculum in Science and Maths for XI and XII standards.
b)The National Core Curriculum in Science prepared by COBSE is based on the National Curriculum Framework-2005.The syllabus was arrived at after a long consultative process of discussions and contributions from all the state boards including Karnataka from 2008 on wards.
c)The National Core Curriculum has already been adopted by 13 State Boards of Higher Secondary Education and two National Boards of education that is CBSE and ICSE. The department of Pre-University Education, Karnataka is adopting the syllabus from the year 2012-13 along with NCERT textbooks.
a)Pre –University course sets the base for a student for Higher Education. It is a bridge for a student to move across from what he/she is to what he/she wants to be. There is a national syllabus for Science adopting the same brings our syllabi and our students on par with the national benchmarks. The accessibility options for Higher Education in Science whether Pure Sciences,Medicine, or Engineering for a student of Karnataka increases exponentially
b)All entrance exams for higher education is based on the national syllabus. Hence it will be advantageous to all students of Karnataka
c)At the national level based on the Honorable Supreme Court directions and as policy of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), there is a concerted move to have a single Common Entrance Test for various Higher Education Courses-Medicine(NEET Exam),Engineering, Management and Law
d)All single entrance tests for Science Courses is based on the National Science Curriculum. Hence it is imperative that we adopt the same in the interest of our students. Right now Karnataka students take up to 8-14 Medical Entrance tests-CET,COMED-K,AIPMT,JIPMER,AIIMS,AFMC and all the respective entrance tests of the Minority Medical Colleges and the Deemed Medical Colleges in Karnataka. An engineering aspirant takes up to 5-8 entrance tests CET,COMED-K,AIEEE etc.
e)A single entrance test for Engineering and Medicine has tremendous advantages for the students. There will be a common merit list prepared on the basis of the Entrance exam and that list cannot be violated. Hence the number of Medical and Engineering seats available to the students increases. The second major advantage is that the plethora of entrance exams that a students has to face will be removed and will be a great stress buster for parents and students. The third advantage is that the expenditure on science education for parents and students will be reduced as the dependence on tutions for each of these different entrance exams reduces-right now for each entrance exam there is a different question paper pattern, hence coaching for each exam there is a different fee structure. In Bangalore, for instance, parents spend a large amount of money on the same.