NCERT panel of 35 members develops social science syllabus for grades 6-12

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has formed a 35-member committee to create Syllabi and Teaching-Learning Material for classes 6 to 12 that cover History, Geography, Political Science, Sociology and Psychology. This committee is called the Curricular Area Group (CAG): Social Science and is chaired by Michel Danino, a visiting professor at IIT-Gandhinagar. The CAG has been formed in continuation of another committee called the National Syllabus and Teaching Learning Material Committee (NSTC), which was established in July with 19 members. The purpose of the committees is to finalize the curriculum, textbooks, and learning material for these classes, as stated in a notification by NCERT.

NSTC was expected to further constitute at least 11 CAGs in different subject domains. So far, it has constituted CAGs for innovative pedagogy and teaching learning material, IKS and social sciences. "This Group will also coordinate with the Preparatory Stage CAG, as well as with other CAGs as required, to ensure continuity with Grades 3-5, interdisciplinarity among subjects, and the integration of cross-cutting themes in Social Science", the NCERT notification stated.

"Given the need for vertical and horizontal linkages and integration across disciplines in Social Sciences, both the CAGs- Social Science and Economics will ensure this integration by sharing and discussing drafts of material prepared with each other", it added.

The committee comprised of several members, including Sanjeev Sanyal, who is a member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, Banabina Brahma, an Associate Professor from the Department of History at Kokrajhar Government College, Assam, MD Srinivas, Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies in Chennai, Mazhar Asif, from the Centre of Persian and Central Asian Studies at JNU, Heeraman Tiwari, Professor and Chairperson from the Centre for Historical Studies at the School of Social Sciences, JNU, Javaid Iqbal Bhat, an Assistant Professor from the Post Graduate Department of English at the University of Kashmir, and Commodore Dr. Odakkal Johnson (Retd.), the Former Director of the Maritime History Society, among others.

"The timeline for submitting Handbooks for Teachers to NSTC and NCERT is 25 February 2024", the notification added. NCERT has already released the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) for school education, based on which the NSTC is now working on finalizing the textbook content. NCERT is revising the school curriculum in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.