New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is set to introduce Health Science as a subject. The syllabus has been framed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Students will gain basic knowledge of primary healthcare with the introduction of the subject. The new subject will be incorporated in the CBSE curriculum for standards IX, X, XI and XII.

An official on condition of anonymity was quoted by India Today as saying, “We had done a small survey prior to planning this course on awareness related to basic health relief like what needs to be immediately done if a dog bites before visiting a doctor. And we found that many are still not aware of basic primary healthcare needs.”

Thus the new syllabus aims to teach students some precautionary measures that need to be undertaken in case they encounter persons suffering a sudden heart attack or other emergency situations like a potential health hazard. The syllabus which acts as a guideline would equip the students to provide immediate relief.

The official added that due to lack of basic knowledge related to the cure, patients are often brought to hospitals at a critical stage. If certain basic steps are known by earlier, many lives could be saved, he said. Currently, the new syllabus is being reviewed by the HRD Ministry, said sources in the know of the matter. As per reports, the new syllabus would be brought in during the upcoming academic session in April.

Meanwhile, the CBSE exams for Class X and Class XII will begin from mid-February 2019 with the vocational courses first, while the academic subject exams will start in March.