The book attempts to provide a brief but constructive and critical analysis of the observations and recommendations contained in National Curriculum Framework-2005, formulated by the steering committee set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India under the chairmanship of Prof. Yash Pal. Since the focus on educational reforms is in the light of the document 'Learning Without Burden' (1993), its main recommendations with their evaluation by the group constituted by the MHRD are incorporated for ready reference of the readers. The main characteristics of this publication is to provide a broad 'Framework' for the 'Try-Out' of the curriculum at the grass-roots level-an element missing in NFC 2005.
This work also incorporates the constitution and functions of the reconstituted Central Advisory Board of Education - CABE (2004) - The highest advisory body in education. On 'Quality Education', the main recommendations of UNESCO International Conference on Education held in September 2004, are also included to have a wider perspective.
It is hoped that the book should serve as a reliable companion to all those interested in the development of education.
J.C. Aggarwal is a former Deputy Director of Education and Executive Director of the Delhi Bureau of Textbooks, Delhi Administration. He has worked at the grassroots level as a Post-graduate teacher, principal; plan evaluation officer and educational supervisor and administrator. He has also taught in a Post-graduate Teacher Training College. He is widely traveled and has written extensively on education and contemporary issues.
S. Gupta is Post Graduate from Delhi University, Delhi and has been associated with teaching since 1986. She has widely travelled abroad and participated in several seminars. Her latest publication is Education in Emerging India - Teachers' Role in Society (Shipra, 2005).
1. Foreword, Executive Summary and Members-Curriculum 2005
3. Learning and Knowledsge
4. Curricular Areas, School Stages and Assessment
5. School and Classroom Environment
6. Systemic Reforms and Epilogue
7. Overall Observations on the Document and the Need for the Try-out of the Proposed Curriculum
1. 'Learning Without Burden' (1993) and Recommendation145 on it by the Group Appointed by MHRD
2. Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE): Its Functions161 and Constitution
3. Quality Education for Young People: UNESCO/ICE (2004)