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UP Board to have NCERT Books from Next Academic Year

The Uttar Pradesh state government has planned to replace textbooks meant for Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board with the ones published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) with an aim to bring the curriculum of UP Board at par with the CBSE. The decision to introduce NCERT books is expected to come into force with the academic year 2018-19.

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NCERT books would be made compulsory from Class IX to Class XII.

Other than subjects like Krishi (agriculture) for both High School and Intermediate levels and Vyavsayik (business studies) for Intermediate levels all other subjects will have NCERT text books. These two subjects will continue to have UP Board textbooks as there are differences between the UP Board and the CBSE when it comes to syllabuses for these subjects.

Class X and Class XII students who write their exams in the year 2019 will become the first batch of students to face the exams under the new system.

In Uttar Pradesh, millions of students appear for Class X and Cass XII exams conducted by the UP Board every year. Last year the figure was 32.6 lakh for high school exams and 29.2 lakh for intermediate exams. In the state, over 35 lakh students study in and around 23,900 government, aided and unaided schools affiliated with the UP Board.

The UP Board has also made several new additions in its syllabus like inclusion of new topics like GST and its implications.

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Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi appointed as Chairman of CBSE

Senior IAS officer Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

His appointment was made by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has been appointed for a period of five years.

Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi is a 1987 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre. As a bureaucrat he has wide-ranging rich experience in the commerce and revenue departments.

About Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)

  • The CBSE is a Board of Education for public and private schools, under the Union Government.
  • It affiliates all Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs), private schools and most of the schools approved by Union Government.
  • It conducts the final examinations for Class 10 and Class 12 every year in the month of March and also declares the results.

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Supreme Court cancels 2015 All India Pre-Medical Test

Supreme Court has cancelled the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIMPT) 2015 and directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to re-conduct the test within one month.

This verdict was given by a SC bench of Justice RK Agarwal and Justice Amitava Roy on a complaint filed by candidates. In the complaint students had alleged large-scale irregularities in AIMPT 2015, including leakage of answer keys.

Earlier on 8 June 2015, SC bench had extended the stay on the declaration of results which were to be declared on June 5.  The examination was taken by over six lakh students.

Large-scale irregularities had come to the light earlier including leakage of answer keys. The investigators also had informed the court that the answer keys of 123 questions were transmitted through 75 mobile phones in states like Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Bihar and Haryana.

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