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AHSEC sends course downsizing issue for review

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 3 - With concerns being expressed over dropping of a number of chapters on former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru from the syllabus of Class XII, the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) has sent the matter for review to two academic experts.

At a meeting of the Academic Committee of the council, the decision was taken to thoroughly examine the political science syllabus of the HS final year and ascertain whether the course downsizing was done in a balanced manner.

�The council has taken the allegations of anomalies in course rationalisation very seriously and has decided to get expert opinion over the entire issues. The downsizing was done with students� best interest in mind and thus, any political controversy over the matter has to be thoroughly analysed,� AHSEC sources said.

The decision of the experts is likely to come towards the end of next week, sources added.

After allegations of a biased course rationalisation, Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia had written to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal asking him to instruct the AHSEC to retain certain chapters pertaining to the policies and contributions of India�s first Prime Minister.

It may be mentioned that 30 per cent of the syllabi of Class XI and Class XII was rationalised in view of the COVID-19-induced situation.

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