The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce Library and Information Science (L.I.Sc) as a new course option for class XI and XII students from the forthcoming academic year 2014-2015.
As a Pilot course, these subjects will be introduced in selected schools from 2014-15 academic year by the CBSE. These subjects will hold importance as equivalent to diploma level, as mentioned in a statement issued by the board.
The course will include both theory and practical sessions with carrying 80 and 20 marks respectively.
The course will impart knowledge through lessons on sectors such as library information society, library resources, reference and information resources, library computer application and library management, which is an essential requirement among students, teachers, professionals and researchers, as stated in the statement.
CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi said that as stated in the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005, to treat the library as an essential component of the educational institution at all levels is imperative and important part of future planning. He added that both teachers and children must be motivated and trained about making use of library as a source for learning, pleasure as well as concentration.
The course aims to fulfill the needs of developing vital skills in course takers and learners to identify, locate, evaluate and use the required information efficiently, told Sadhana Parashar, director of Academics, Research, Training and Innovation at CBSE.
As per the CBSE statement, through library and information science (L.I.Sc), drop out students or those who left schooling in between will be able to carry on their further education, and will get to grab the job opportunity right after the school finishes.