The Central Board of Secondary Education, whose syllabus is followed by 12,504 schools across India is slowly making inroads into Vietnam. Already 25 schools in major cities across Vietnam follow the CBSE syllabus for their junior classes. Mr. Navneet Kalia, an Indian settled in Vietnam is the Chairperson of Ismart Education, which is responsible for the inculcation of the CBSE system in junior classes for the three key subjects, Maths, English and Science in the 25 schools. According to Mr.Kalia, who founded Ismart education three years ago, the Indian system of education is a big hit in Vietnam. He said to a IANS correspondent, " The CBSE method helps fulfill the needs of the Vietnamese students in English, Maths and Science. We are focusing only on the grades one, two and three at present, and plan to extend it to senior schools,"
His organization also holds special training camps for teachers , to enable them to teach in accordance to the CBSE system. Mr.Kalia has approached the Human Resources Department of the Government of India to formulate a 'partial curriculum' for the countries interested in absorbing the Indian system of Education, which according to him is " As Good as the best system of education in the world." Mr. Kalia declares that the idea is to further extend the reach of the CBSE system of Education in schools within the country by introducing them to the senior classes and establishing more schools which teach in accordance with the CBSE method.
There are already 1500 students in Vietnam who follow the CBSE education system. From here, Mr. Kalia attempts to take the CBSE system forward, not limiting his ambition to his country, Vietnam but to extend the reach of the CBSE system to other countries in the vicinity that are interested in fortifying their educational systems.