Maharashtra state board has introduced a new syllabus for all subjects of Class XI and mathematics and science subjects of Class XII which will be made effective from the academic session 2012-13.
The Class XII syllabus for Chemistry, Physics, Biology and maths have been upgraded to the level of syllabus prescribed by NCERT (National council of educational research and training) for CBSE (central board of secondary education) affiliated schools.
The decision has been taken as the state is planning to participate in the single national level engineering entrance exam proposed by the MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) to be introduced in 2013-14.
Sources from the state board revealed that a state government committee is looking into the issues associated with the proposed exam. The state expects to join the national level test and thus the Class XII syllabus for science and maths subjects and entire syllabus of Class XI have been revised.
The proposed test will be called ISEET (Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test). The central government has asked respective states to decide on the ratio of weightage to be assigned to state board marks of Class XII and ISEET for entry to science and engineering institutes. For the ministry, it has proposed a ratio of 60:40 weightage to ISEET and state board marks.
Three alternatives are under consideration. First is to either choose 60:40 weightage, second to opt for a 50:50 weightage and thirdly not to participate in ISEET and accept admission to engineering colleges on the basis of state board Class XII marks.
Meanwhile, the state will also revise the class IX syllabus from academic session of 2012-13. A new subject on information and communication technology will be added.
The board authorities are confident that the Class IX books of the new course will be made available to the students before the high schools re-opens on June 15, 2012.
Source: Times of India
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