Parliament panel takes up textbook adjustments

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 13

The parliamentary committee on education on Wednesday held its first meeting on the subject of textbook revision in line with the new National Curriculum Framework (NCF) and began hearing stakeholders on the range and scope of the new syllabi.

Cutting cognitive load

While redesigning the textbooks, it is to be ensured that nothing but the core content is placed in books and cognitive load is decreased. — Education Ministry

The agenda of the committee meeting was “reforms in the contents and designs of textbooks”; “removing references to un-historical facts and distortions about our national heroes from the textbooks”; “ensuring equal or proportionate references to all periods of Indian history and highlighting the role of great historic women heroes, including Gargi, Maitreyi and rulers like Rani of Jhansi, Rani Channamma, Chand Bibi and Jhalkari Bai”.

The committee, headed by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, today heard depositions from educationists and institutions, among them the pro-RSS Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal (BSM) and JS Rajput, who was NCERT Director when BJP’s Murali Manohar Joshi was the HRD Minister and the controversy over “saffronisation of education” had erupted.

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