What: The central govt. , more specifically the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) along with the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) collaborated to develop this school-based program on life skills education including comprehensive sexuality education (CSE).
Why: Well, to address HIV and AIDS situation among young people in the country, given that almost 1/3 of all new HIV infections in the country occur among young people aged 15-24 and to provide life skills education including CSE.
Where: The AEP is taught in all secondary and higher secondary schools, both public and private schools, affiliated with CBSE across the country. Programs based on AEP curriculum are also being implemented by state boards.
Who: The AEP is taught as curricular/ co-curricular adolescence education to students in classes IX-XII and as life skills education to students in classes I-VIII. It is also taught through the open-schooling system as well as through specific initiatives for out-of-school-youth.
When: The AEP was started in 2005. During 2007 it was suspended in several states because there were objections raised by teachers, parents and policy-makers on the content of the AEP as well as the overall need for CSE in India. A parliamentary committee was set up, based on a petition by some parents, to review the need for CSE as well as implementation of AEP across the nation. In the meanwhile NACO along with other partners began the process of revising the AEP curriculum based on the objections raised. The committee in its final report submitted in 2009 stated that AEP should be withdrawn, pending revision of the curriculum. As of November 2010, the AEP remains suspended in 5 states viz. Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra & Karnataka. Rajasthan, Gujarat and Kerala had also suspended the program in 2007 but have recently started their own versions of AEP in their respective states.