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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.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?