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National Council of Educational Research and Training

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) (External website that opens in a new window) is an apex institution which provides technical resource support for school education. The NCERT charter envisages a special place for designing curriculum. NCERT is expected to review school curriculum as a regular activity ensuring the higher standards in education. The National Policy of Education (NPE) 1986, and the Programme of Action (PoA), 1992 assign a special role to NCERT in preparing and promoting a National Curriculum Framework (External website that opens in a new window). The NPE views such a task as a means of establishing a national system of education, characterised by certain core values and goals relevant to changing needs of children and society and within the constitutional framework of the country.

National Curriculum Framework: The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 was the outcome of wide ranging deliberations and collective endeavours. A National Steering Committee was set up under the chairpersonship of Prof. Yash Pal, eminent scientist and scholar. The committee comprised 35 members including scholars from different disciplines, principals and teachers, representatives of well-known NGOs and members of the NCERT. Its work was supported by 21 National Focus Groups, covering major areas of the curriculum, national concerns and systemic issues. Consultations were held across the length and breadth of the country. In addition, NCERT held consultations with rural teachers, State Education Secretaries and Principals of private schools. Regional seminars were organised at the Regional Institutes of Education in Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Mysore and Shillong.

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