The Commission also asked the universities to contact the CBSE for details regarding the syllabus/textbooks or any other query regarding consideration of the subjects. Earlier, the CBSE’s academics, research and innovation wing had written to the UGC that the 13 new subjects have been introduced as elective/optional at the senior secondary level (standards XI and XII) and the UGC should consider the new subjects so that students may be treated as eligible for admission to higher education as per their preferences.
A CBSE official said that the scheme of studies for these new subjects is rigorous in nature and designed specially with the industry and employability avenues in mind. “With the introduction of these new subjects, the students will find new avenues in the legal profession, mass media, entrepreneurship, graphic design, creative writing and translation, theatre studies and biotechnology, among others,” he said.
While some of these subjects were introduced two to three years ago, others have been introduced at the Standard XI level this year and will be a part of the XII board examination for the first time in 2015.
The new subjects, the UGC has asked the universities to recongnised are knowledge tradition and practices of India, legal studies, human rights and gender studies, National Cadet Corps, heritage crafts, graphic design, creative writing and translation studies, functional English, entrepreneurship, biotechnology, fashion studies, mass media studies and theatre studies.