Ramayana-Mahabharata In school textbooks: The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) had constituted a high-level committee to revise the school curriculum of social sciences. The committee has recommended inclusion of epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata in text books and writing the Preamble of the Constitution on the walls of classrooms in schools. Committee Chairman CI Issac gave this information on Tuesday (21 November).
Issac stressed that it is important to teach Ramayana and Mahabharata to students of classes 7 to 12. He said, “The committee has emphasized on teaching epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata to the students in the social science syllabus. We believe that during adolescence, the student develops self-respect, patriotism and pride for his nation.”
‘Lack of patriotism among students’
Issac said that due to lack of patriotism, every year thousands of students leave the country and take citizenship in other countries. Therefore, it is important for them to understand their roots and develop love for their country and their culture.
He said that some education boards currently teach Ramayana to students, but they teach it as a myth. The education system serves no purpose, and would not be a service to the nation, if these epics were not taught to students.
Earlier, Issac had said that the panel had also recommended including ‘classical history’ instead of ancient history in textbooks from classes 3 to 12 and changing the name ‘India’ to ‘Bharat’.
NSTC will consider finalizing the books
According to Hindustan Times report, the seven-member committee formed last year has made several recommendations for the social science curriculum. These recommendations are important instructional documents for the new NCERT books.
The committee’s recommendations are likely to be considered by the 19-member National Syllabus and Teaching Learning Material Committee (NSTC) in July to finalize the syllabus, books and learning material for the classes.
New books may come in the next session
Recently NSTC had also formed a Curricular Area Group (CAG) to develop syllabus and teacher learning material for social sciences. Let us tell you that NCERT is revising the school curriculum as per the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The new NCERT books are likely to be ready by the next academic session.
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