Since its announcement, CBSE’s new elective for class XI students, ‘knowledge traditions and practices of India’, has drawn mixed responses.
At the launch of the elective at Vels Vidyashram in the city on Friday, CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi and the editors of the book — Kapil Kapoor, professor of English and former pro-chancellor, JNU, and Michel Danino, guest professor, IIT-Gandhinagar, visiting faculty, IIM Ranchi — said the course was not about glorifying the past.
Sadhana Prashar, director (academics, training, research and innovation), CBSE , said there had been a lack of understanding about the course. “It is not delving into ancient history. It is an inter-disciplinary elective which shows how advanced we had been. It tries to familiarise students with the intellectual practices,” she said.
The class XI textbook deals with topics such as astronomy in India, Indian traditional knowledge on environmental conservation, ayurveda for life, health and well-being, and mathematics in India, among others.
Mr. Kapoor and Mr. Danino, said they had been factual and reasonable, without putting undue stress on anything.
Mr. Joshi said this was a pilot project and called for suggestions.