UGC (University Grants Commission) has directed universities to take suitable steps to identify thirteen new subjects introduced by CBSE at XI & XII standards for seeking admissions in under-graduate courses.
Central Board of Secondary Education has introduced assorted academic subjects at senior secondary level. It is very important that these subjects find a likeness in the subjects already being accessible at the graduate level in different educational institutions," Deputy secretary of University Grant Commission Mr. Shakeel Ahmed stated to the vice - chancellors of all universities on 22nd April.
Shakeel Ahmed added, "It is significant that proper deliberation may be accorded while divulging students to the under-graduate courses at the university/college level."
A senior official at Pune University stated, "UGC's report will be put up for contemplation before the appropriate bodies, together with the academic council, for a pronouncement regarding execution."
Sadhana Parashar, director of CBSE academics, research & innovation wing, had previously written to the University Grants Commission secretary that thirteen new subjects have been brought in as optional/ elective subjects at senior secondary level.
“The study scheme for these new subjects is meticulous in nature & is designed particularly with the industry & employability avenues in mind," Parashar said. For example, the subjects can offer avenues in the mass media, legal profession, entrepreneurship, creative writing, graphic design, translation, biotechnology and theatre studies.
While some among these subjects were introduced 2-3 years ago, others have been pioneered at the XI standard level this year & will be a part of the XII standard board exam for the 1st time in year 2015.
Sadhana Parashar had stressed the call for these subjects to find a reflection in the courses proffered at the under-graduate level in various colleges, departments, universities and institutes.
"This may be brought to the concern of related institutes so that students face no complexity when they pass-out from Standard XII. The prospectuses, information brochures, websites etc. may lodge the names of these new subjects, so that the students may be regarded as entitled for admission to higher education as per their predilections," she stated.
The Subjects are:
• Legal studies
• Knowledge tradition and practices of India
• Human rights & gender studies
• Heritage crafts
• National Cadet Corps
• Graphic design
• Functional English
• Creative writing and translation studies
• Fashion Studies
• Mass media studies