| Lucknow |
Updated: August 12, 2017 2:49 am
RSS AFFILIATE Vidya Bharti, which runs a chain of schools and works in the field of education, has started discussions with the state government, seeking changes in the school curriculum while suggesting that Aryans cannot be categorically described as immigrants and the concept of ‘Ekatma Manavvad’ of Deendayal Upadhyaya be included in textbooks.
While announcing that a ceremony will be held to celebrate students and alumni of its schools on Sunday, Vidya Bharti’s regional organisation secretary for east UP, Domeshwar Sahu, told mediapersons that the organisation has been holding talks with officials to seek changes in the syllabus of government schools.
“Personalities and incidents, which increase the honour of the country should be added to textbooks and not those that make us feel humiliated,” he said. Though he declined to give any examples of what he wanted removed from the curriculum, Sahu said “material that needs to be removed is largely a part of the higher education syllabus”, which they are working to get changed.
“The syllabus on English includes the works of mainly foreign writers while there are several Indian writers who write in English. Ninety per cent of textbooks are full of works by foreign writers. We suggest that textbooks should have works by 65 per cent of Indian writers and 35 per cent of foreign writers. The books should also include subjects and concepts of maths and science in such a manner that it evokes morality in a student. Vedic mathematics should be included,” said Sahu.
He added that works of Hindi poets like Shyam Narayan Pandey and Kavi Bhushan have been excluded from the syllabus. “The organisation has noticed 72 points in all books used in UP Education Board-affiliated schools that either need to be changed, amended or incorporated,” said Sahu.
Another Vidya Bharti functionary said the organisation will hold more meetings with government officials in the coming weeks and give suggestions on most of books used in schools. “The government needs to incorporate the contribution…