Anxiety, tension, optimism… it's all happening among students as the State readies to upgrade the science syllabus

The State Government's decision to upgrade the current science syllabus and bring it on a par with that of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), in order to introduce the national common entrance test for medical, engineering and other professions (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test —NEET), has created ripples in the student community.

Pre-University (PU) students are yet to warm up to the proposal. While those who have studied ICSE or CBSE in school are not really affected, those from the State Board feel they may find it difficult. The students, however, are ready to embrace the change with a positive attitude and are hoping it will help them gain a better learning experience and act as a useful aid in their preparation for the entrance exams on a national level.

Vagesh B.R., II PU, Domlur Government College

I really don't see the need for any such upgradation. I feel that the syllabus we have right now is good enough. The II PU science syllabus is already tough, and it would be unimaginable if it gets upgraded to the CBSE syllabus. We have studied under the State Board since the first standard and the syllabus has been properly set. I don't think most of us can cope with it if it's going to be implemented. The State Government had to revise the syllabus at the school level to make it easier in the long run. I'm definitely taking up the CET exam rather than the NEET. I aspire to be an engineer.

Soujanya Kiran, II PU, Sheshadripuram Government College

This decision of the State Government has taken me by surprise. I, however, have given a thought to attempt NEET but am not sure about it yet. I feel that this change might be difficult for us to cope with, but it's only us who are to be benefitted in the long run. If the syllabus is being made easier, then I would definitely not like it, but this is good and I believe that the more we learn, the more it will help us. I also believe that English should be the medium of instruction. I, however, have taken up Kannada and know the difficulties of it. Since the common factor everywhere seems to be English, it would be better if that change was brought about as well.

Pavithra S., II PU, Christ Junior College

I think that the current system need to be upgraded, and I'm glad that the State Government has taken a measure to do so in the near future. The present PU syllabus is really easy. I completed my X standard under the ICSE board and I find the II PU syllabus a lot easier than the school-level ones. ICSE was way more difficult than PU. I believe that the implementation of this new CBSE syllabus will raise the standard of learning and teaching.

I really appreciate the idea of the bridge course for the State Board students. It will definitely help them in understanding the portion better, though most of them might feel lousy to attend classes in summer. Though I'm not attempting the NEET, since I'm studying electronics and prefer CET, I feel that the Government has taken a good step towards making PU education better.

Deepak M., II PU, St. Joseph's PU College

I feel that the change of syllabus is going to do a lot good for the students. Even though I was under the State Board in high school, I still find the II PU syllabus easy. Some might find it difficult and some won't but I believe that the bridge course will help them have a clear picture of the level of education they are entering.

The upgradation is definitely going to expose the students to a higher level of education. Though I'm not yet sure of attempting NEET, I'm sure it will help us to keep up with the increasing competition on a national level and extra coaching for any such entrance tests wouldn't be necessary. I feel that rather than burdening the students, it's helping us a lot.

Ramya Mohandas, I PU, Mount Carmel College

I completed my X standard under the State Board, and I feel that the syllabus is going on smoothly even now. I feel that this upgradation of syllabus will be not be as difficult as it seems. It's we who are going to benefit from this new step. We would probably be learning in depth and this will obviously help us to know more and also be able to face the national-level entrance tests with ease. And even for those who might find the change in syllabus difficult to cope with, the bridge course will help them. I'm a biology student and NEET is one of my considerations.

It's good sign that the level of education is finally being improved and we need not worry about rushing to coaching centres for extra knowledge. I personally think that the State syllabus is child's play and this will bring in an opportunity for all of us to learn more.

Dhruva M.L., I PU, Government Pre-University College for Boys, Gandhinagar

This has taken me by surprise. I'm fine with the syllabus the way it is now. It's definitely going to be hard for most of us here if the syllabus is going to be revised to CBSE. As science students, the subject is already difficult.

We have taken up extra coaching classes so that we can do well in the exams. Once this new syllabus hits the colleges, I feel that the science students would not be able to catch a minute's peaceful sleep. It's a lot to study and we already have a lot of that to do now. Though I'm not keen on taking up medicine, I'm not yet sure and might consider NEET as an option. It's going to be a lot of work but we are going to be the ones to benefit from it, I guess.

Keywords: CBSENEET