New Delhi: To evaluate curriculum and
educational standards at schools, the Government today said it
will set up a centre for assessment and evaluation within the
CBSE by this year-end.
"The centre will be set up by December and will act as
an independent body as it matures," HRD Minister Kapil Sibal
Its broad objectives will be to assess and evaluate the
curriculum, examination system and education standards at
the schools, hitherto non-existent at this level.
At present, there are national agencies like National
Accreditation and Assessment Authority and National Board of
Assessment which are into assessment of higher and technical
educational institutions. However, there is no national agency
for assessment of standards of education at school level.
Deliberating on this issue at the state education
ministers` conference in June this year, Sibal had sought
their support in this endeavour.
He had said that each school board has its own system
of examination but there was no mechanism to know the standard
of the assessment system of the school boards.
Talking to media today, Sibal also said they plan to come
up with a common curriculum for Commerce stream by September.
He also released the first Newsletter of the Department
of Higher Education under the HRD Ministry.
It aims to keep the citizens informed of the activities
of the department and also provide a forum to articulate views
and comments on how the Ministry could further design public
policies of higher education and improve programme delivery.
The bilingual quarterly is essentially online with
limited printed copies for circulation.
Teachers, students, academics, administrators,
representatives of management of institutions, alumni and all
those who wish Indian higher education system to improve have
been invited to contribute to the newsletter.