CBSE removes chapter on Islamic Empire, Cold War & Faiz's poem from syllabus
New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has removed chapters on the Non-Aligned Movement, the Cold War era, the rise of Islamic empires in the Afro-Asian regions, the history of the Mughal courts and the Industrial Revolution from the History and Political Science syllabus of Classes 11 and 12. Similarly, the topic 'Impact of Globalization on Agriculture' has been removed from the chapter related to 'Food Security' in the Class 10 syllabus. Along with this, the translated version of two Urdu poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz from the section 'Religion, Communalism and Politics-Communalism Secular State' has also been dropped this year.
CBSE has also excluded chapters on 'Democracy and Diversity' from the syllabus material. Asked about the rationale for deleting subjects or chapters, the officials said the change is part of the rationalization of the syllabus and curriculum in sync with the recommendations of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). As per last year's syllabus description, the chapter 'Central Islamic Lands', which was dropped this year from the Class 11 history syllabus, talks about the rise of the Islamic Empire in the Afro-Asian region and its impact on the Indian economy and society.
Similarly, the chapter titled 'The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles' in Class 12 History syllabus explores the history of the Mughal courts in relation to the reconstruction of the country’s social, religious and cultural history by the Mughals. The syllabus shared with schools for the year 2022-23 academic session also signals the board's decision to go back to a single-board examination from the two-part examination in one session made last year.
However, the system of conducting the examination in two parts was announced as a one-time special measure in view of the Covid epidemic. Keeping in view the stakeholders and other prevailing conditions, the Board is in favor of conducting an annual plan of evaluation at the end of the academic session 2022-23 and the curriculum has been designed accordingly. This is not the first time that the CBSE board has removed some of the chapters that have been a part of the syllabus for decades to rationalize the curriculum as per the contemporary education system.