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Pre-primary classes will have characters like Noddy in their curriculum

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November 25, 2016: If you wish to read your favourite comics and gain some good marks, get admission in the ICSE School near you. Yes, you heard it right!

The Council of Indian School of Certificate Examination, that conducts the ICSE and ISC board examinations, is all set to add more contemporary literature to the syllabus. The council is introducing popular titles like Harry Potter, Tintin, etc. from the next academic year.

According to HT, the curriculum will have inspiring biographies of APJ Abdul Kalam, Malala Yousafzai and Anne Frank, popular series like ‘The Hobbit’, ‘The adventures of Tintin’ and Amar Chitra Katha. Along with these, the new academic session will bring in a uniform syllabus for both the primary and junior schools.

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The new curriculum was released on November 23, this year, at the 59th annual conference of the Association of Schools for the Indian School Certificate (ISC) held at City Montessori School, Kanpur Road, Lucknow.

The Council’s Chief Gerry Arathoon said to HT, “the curriculum caters to a varied and diverse range of individual differences, intelligence and abilities and provides a plethora of opportunities to enjoy the learning experience through the integration of generic skills, values and attitude in key learning areas.”

He added that in an ever advancing knowledge-based society it is important for children that they are equipped with a variety of skills and a positive attitude. We need to prepare the future generations to meet the challenges of the dynamically changing environment.

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HT report mentioned that pre-primary classes will have characters like Noddy in their curriculum. The other interesting additions to the curriculum are Holmes, Feluda, Poirot. The syllabus will have popular graphic novels including American cartoonist Art Spiegelman’s Holocaust saga ‘Maus’.

Modifications are introduced in other subjects as well. The syllabus of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology has been designed keeping in mind the national engineering and medical examinations.

Arathoon further added, Mass media and communication are also being introduced as elective subjects for ICSE and ISC students.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393