BENGALURU: Commerce and Arts streams for pre-university courses will switch over to NCERT textbooks from the coming academic year and 2018-19, respectively.
Presently, only the Science stream follows NCERT (National Council for Education Research and Training) textbooks, which was adopted two years ago. The process in this regard has already started and experts have been appointed for translation. “We have already put people on board and have given a target of 2017-18,” said C Shikha, director, Department of Pre-university Education (PUE) .
“For Commerce, we have a target to introduce NCERT textbooks from the coming academic year, and for Arts stream, our target is to introduce it from the 2018-19 academic year as it has a vast syllabus and needs more time to translate,” Shikha said.
As per norms, textbooks from Class 1 to PUC should be revised once in five years. Following instructions given by the National Curriculum Framework (NCF), 2012, the department switched over to NCERT textbooks for Science during 2012-13 for first-year PUC and 2013-14 for second-year PUC.
The switch over will mainly help candidates crack competitive exams. “Majority of the competitive exams are based on central syllabus and training our students on state-board syllabus will not help them. So, we have decided to change for all streams as even Arts and Commerce students appear for many competitive examination to pursue higher education,” an official from the textbook committee said.