Central Board of Secondary
Brings Students Closer to Indian Culture, Heritage
To help students know more about India’s rich heritage and
culture, the Central Board of Secondary Education has introduced a new elective
subject, ‘Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India’ (KTPI) for classes 11 and
The course combines various disciplines of study such as
mathematics, chemistry, fine arts, agriculture, trade and commerce, astronomy,
surgery, environment, life sciences and many others subjects, directly linking
the students to the traditional knowledge of Indian culture.
Apart from helping teachers to understand distinctive
cultural background of every student, the course aims at making students
familiar with Indian texts, thoughts and civilisation.
Students will be able to analyse ancient literatures and
learn their relevance in current context.
“This is a unique course, which is not about humanising
India’s past but learning from the past and doing better in the future.
We need to find answers to our present-day questions from the
rich history that we belong to,” said a senior CBSE official.
Gaining such knowledge in different disciplines would help
students develop better understanding of traditions as well as contemporary
“Teachings of one’s own culture and heritage will definitely
impart self awareness and self esteem to the students,” said another CBSE
CBSE said that the course has been introduced with a view
that students can use the traditional wisdom of India to relate to current
Through a research project and viva voice, students will
explore Indian values, tradition systems and seats of wisdom by going to various
places of historical significance.
Courtesy : Hindustan Times