From this academic session the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will open the gates for its students to get a direct entry into an international university. The CBSE-International widely known as CBSE-i will be introduced in its affiliated schools in India from the academic session 2013.
The program not only follows the international pattern and allows students to study in the international mode, but it will also give the students a direct entry to any international university. Currently, any student who wants to go abroad after doing their Class XII in India either need to do International Baccalaureate (IB) or the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). But the CBSE-i degree is a direct entry ticket to those aspiring to join the international universities.
Students of about 100 schools affiliated to the board will get an opportunity of studying in the CBSE international curriculum from the academic session 2013. The CBSE had started the program as a pilot project in its international schools. Now with over 350 Indian schools expressing their interest in joining the program, the CBSE plans to initiate the international curriculum in India as well.
The CBSE-i is an international curriculum initiated by the CBSE based on the international pattern of teaching. The board had started the program as a pilot project with its international school mostly in the gulf countries.
The international CBSE curriculum not just comprises language, science and social science, but also gives equal importance to streams including visual arts, performing arts, research, life skills and physical education. The curriculum is designed to help the student grow and learn in the international perspective. Twenty five international CBSE schools in places, including UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan, are currently teaching in the international curriculum.
The CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi informed that the program has been a success internationally and that the schools in India too have also shown interest in joining the International program. “We have received applications from 350 schools in the country who want to teach in the international pattern,” said Joshi. Joshi also informed that the board had initially decided to start with only 50 schools in India. “We have received a very good response from Indian schools and so we have decided to raise the number from 50 to 100 schools,” he added.
Joshi also informed that the training of mentors and master trainers will start soon. “This year we will start the training of the mentors and the master trainers who will then be training the teachers on the ways of teaching in the international curriculum,” said Joshi. The 100 schools will teach in the international curriculum from academic session 2013.
From next year, the University of Oxford will allow admission in its undergraduate courses for those securing 90% and more in the ISC or CBSE exams. According to the university, the decision was taken keeping in mind the “terrific scholars India is producing.”“The review of Class 12 has been part of our process of reviewing international qualifications. Oxford has also seen a fast-growing and very high performing group of Indian postgraduate students in
recent years, which has confirmed how many terrific scholars India is producing,” says Dr Julia Paolitto, press officer, admissions and educational policy, University of Oxford.
India is rising rapidly – economically, in terms of educational quality and this has motivated the university’s decision to accept applications from students taking the ISC and CBSE exams.“This is also why our director for graduate admissions and studies has made a special
trip to recruit bright Indian postgraduates,” says Paolitto.
Elaborating on the eligibility criteria for admission to the various programmes at the the University of Oxford, Paolitto says, “Typical standard offers are set by for each course, by the departments, but it is recommended that the condition should be a minimum of 90% in each of the five subjects taken in the Class 12 examinations. his equates to approximately the top 3% of candidates taking the CBSE and ISC.”
Science subjects may also require that candidates take the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) entrance examinations as a pre-condition for entry. There are likely to be further conditions made by individual departments in addition to the overall standard required for a conditional offer to Oxford.The university’s standard offers for A-level range from A*A*A to AAA, with some courses specifying some of the subjects that students must have studied (eg to -apply for engineering, you need to have physics and maths to A-level). “We expect the same to be true for Indian students, and some courses will require students to include certain specific subjects among the five they take to Class 12, and may require particular grades in particular subjects. Candidates must also demonstrate proficiency in English to a very high level,” she adds.
Class 12 results work
The University and College Admissions Service in the UK also recommends that the CBSE and ISC Class 12 results are suitable for admission to UK universities. Earlier, Oxford aspirants to the undergraduate courses needed to appear in various tests before they were considered eligible for admission.Both the boards have reacted positively to the move, saying it will widen the scope of opportunities for those aiming to go to the UK for higher studies. “We are already preparing our students for overseas studies with special emphasis on
English to boost written and communication skills of students. It gives them an edge when they compete in international exams. It’s good that Oxford also recognises our students and will allow them direct entry,” says Gerry Arathoon, additional secretary, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). CISCE conducts the Indian School Certificate examination.The council was established by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations
Syndicate. CBSE has also welcomed the decision of the University of Oxford. “It will put our students on the global map, giving them an opportunity to study in one of the best universities in the world,” says a CBSE official.The average fee for undergraduates wishing to study at Oxford in 2013 is likely to range between £13,000 and £15,000 per year.