Saying that the prevailing curriculum in faculties dwells “too much on defeats”, National Book Trust chairman Govind Prasad Sharma has mentioned that “in the light of new facts, history should be rewritten” and textbooks ought to speak concerning the “fighting spirit” of rulers corresponding to Maharana Pratap in battles in opposition to overseas invaders.
Sharma is a member of the Ok Kasturirangan-led committee, arrange by the Centre on September 21, to revise the National Curriculum Framework, which can lay down broad pointers for varsity syllabus and textbooks.
On Tuesday, the 12-member committee entrusted with drafting the NCF had its first assembly, which was additionally attended by School Education Secretary Anita Karwal. The assembly mentioned provisions of the National Education Policy, 2020, the Union Ministry of Education mentioned in a tweet on Tuesday.
Speaking to The Indian Express on Wednesday, Sharma mentioned, “The historical past that’s taught at present solely talks about hum yahan har gaye, hum wahan haar gaye (we misplaced right here, we misplaced there). But we have to focus on the struggles, the valiant fights put up in opposition to overseas invaders throughout battles. We don’t spotlight sufficient of that.
“The fact that there were so many battles is only because they put up such strong resistance. For example, a narrative has been created that (Mughal emperor) Akbar defeated Maharana Pratap while the fact is that the two never had a face-to-face battle. In the light of new facts, history should be rewritten. Or we can also say that new facts should be included in textbooks. The revised syllabi should also help develop social harmony and national pride,” he mentioned.
The NBT chairperson was responding to a query on what he identifies because the shortcomings within the current NCERT curriculum, which is taught in CBSE-affiliated faculties throughout the nation.
Sharma is a former president of the RSS training wing Vidya Bharati, which runs a sequence of faculties throughout India, and stays a central government member of the physique. Sharma has earlier been chairman of the Madhya Pradesh authorities’s textbook writing standing committee.
Sharma mentioned the committee, in its first assembly, determined to begin engaged on 25 focus areas protecting sectors corresponding to evolution in expertise, surroundings, India’s conventional data system, and tradition. He mentioned the curriculum also needs to seize the scientific accomplishments in historic India.
“For one, there should be Vedic mathematics. Also, physics in ancient India and the country’s overall contribution to science,” Sharma mentioned, including, “The curriculum will be such that it helps develop social harmony and national pride. We will take a forward-looking approach rather than spending time on the shortcomings.”
The National Education Policy, 2020, spells out that historic Indian data “will be incorporated in an accurate and scientific manner throughout the school curriculum wherever relevant”.
The NCF was final ready in 2005 underneath the UPA authorities, and earlier than that, it was revised in 1975, 1988 and 2000.
Besides Sharma, different members of the committee, led by former ISRO chief Kasturirangan, embrace Fields Medal recipient Manjul Bhargava; creator of ‘The Lost River: On The Trail of Saraswati’ Michel Danino, Jamia Millia Islamia Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar and Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh Vice-Chancellor T V Kattimani.