Guwahati, May 5 - Assam's higher secondary curriculum is set for a change with the state government planning to introduce subjects that will increase the employability of the students.
It has already formed a committee of present and former university vice chancellors and educationists and sent them on a tour of the US, Britain and China to study educational institutions and curricula.
"On their return, the experts will review the syllabus and advise on the changes required," said a senior official of the state's education department, who did want to be named.
The government also planned to introduce new subjects such as applied chemistry, physics and psychology, he said.
The official said the objective was to increase the employability of the students from Assam and help compete with students from other parts of the world.
"The government has also given priority to foreign languages and computer courses, which will increase the employability of the students from Assam even abroad," he said.
"We must change our conventional sets of curriculum, which have been continuing for ages. Like any other parts of the world, we must know how to change with time. Then only will the students of the state benefit in the real sense of the term," he said.
The government was also planning to transform all college into skill development centres, where the students would be trained in vocational skills along with the academic courses, said the official.
The government had already taken steps to increase computer literacy by conferring the Anundoram Borooah Award to students who secure first division in their Class X exams.
The award, named after the first Assamese and the fifth Indian to join the India Civil Service, includes the gift of a personal computer.