The Adolescence Education Programme (AEP) was launched in 2005 as a response to the needs of adolescents by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), in collaboration with the National AIDS Control Organization, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, to be implemented in all the state government schools in the country. Concurrently, a separate programme supported by MHRD and UNFPA is also being implemented by key national agencies of school education. The coordination of the implementation of this programme is the responsibility of the National Council of Educational Research and Training. Furthermore, the National Curriculum Framework 2005 explicitly refers to AEP as an integral component of the school curriculum. The Adolescence Education Programme is being implemented across the country for students of class IX and XI. The aim of AEP is to provide scientific knowledge, and to inculcate positive attitudes and life skills among adolescents, in order to help them to cope with the challenges of growing up and to minimize risky behaviour. However, recently some concerns regarding the cultural appropriateness of this programme have been raised. It is in this context that the expert group consultation was organised.
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