25 Oct 2023

NCERT panel suggests substitution of 'India' with 'Bharat' in textbooks

New Delhi: A high-level committee for social sciences, appointed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to revise school curriculum, has proposed the substitution of 'India' with 'Bharat' in textbooks for all classes. 

Committee chairperson C I Isaac has confirmed this recommendation, which also includes the introduction of 'classical history' in place of 'ancient history' and the inclusion of the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) in the syllabus for all subjects.

While the committee has unanimously urged the adoption of 'Bharat' in textbooks, and emphasized the introduction of 'classical history,' no official decision has been made regarding these proposals by NCERT officials. 

Panel also suggests emphasizing 'Hindu victories' in various historical battles

In addition to the name change and curriculum adjustments, the committee has advised emphasizing 'Hindu victories' in various historical battles, asserting that while failures are currently addressed in textbooks, victories against the Mughals and sultans are not adequately recognized.

The revision of school curriculum by NCERT is in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, and the council has established a 19-member National Syllabus and Teaching Learning Material Committee (NSTC) to finalize the curriculum, textbooks, and learning materials for these classes. 

Panel favours integration of Indian Knowledge System into curriculum

Furthermore, the committee recommends the integration of the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) into the curriculum for all subjects. The committee comprises other members such as ICHR Chairperson Raghuvendra Tanwar, Vandana Mishra, a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Vasant Shinde, the former vice-chancellor of the Deccan College Deemed University, and Mamta Yadav, a sociology teacher in a Haryana government school.

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