National Curriculum is being developed with a 360-degree decentralised consultation process right from villages, cities, and districts to states and union ministries. Technology is being leveraged. States and UTs are playing a major role in the curriculum development process. The development of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) for school education is a hugely consultative endeavour, not limited to the national level. In fact, for the first time, it is based on a bottom-up and paperless approach, rather than a top-down approach, sources from NCERT informed ANI.

On condition of anonymity, an NCERT official said that the NCF exercise is receiving inputs from each state and has set up 25 state focus groups each with its own set of experts on key areas, such as pedagogy, assessment, environmental studies, inclusion, knowledge of India, various disciplines like language, social sciences, science, mathematics, technology, etc.

NCERT has received inputs from 27 states in the form of 608 position papers from each of their state focus groups. These will feed into the NCF. “At least 3,000 mobile app-based surveys each is being conducted by each state/UT, of grassroots level stakeholders, such as teachers, Anganwadi workers, local communities, tradespersons, etc,” an NCERT official said.

“Approximately 8,391 surveyors were appointed by states and UTs for this. NCERT has already received survey reports of 1.3 lakh stakeholders so far,” the official added.