Environmental Studies (EVS) will Not be a Separate Subject for Students

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From the next academic year onwards, students will have one less subject to study in school. Students from class VI to XII will soon be studying environmental studies as an infused model as against it being a separate subject altogether. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has decided to stop treating environmental studies as a separate subject. This decision was filed as an affidavit with the Supreme Court in March 2012. Environmental studies was initially introduced in India as a mandatory subject with the goal of increasing awareness about the environment. All schools were asked to assign this subject to the science or geography teacher. While students from class III to V will study environmental studies as a separate subject, students belonging to class VI to XII will study EVS as an integrated subject with science, language and social studies. The main aim of this move is to do away with the additional burden of an extra subject for students.

Volume 1 Issue 11

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