According to the recommendations of a parliamentary committee in government, history books should be updated regularly and should include post-independence history. “The lives of unknown men and women who positively influenced the history of India should be highlighted,” said the parliamentary panel.
In its report entitled “Reforms in the Context and Design of School Textbooks”, the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports, chaired by Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, made the proposal. The bill was presented to the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
“Our history textbooks should be updated regularly and should include information after 1947,” he said. In addition, the possibility of periodically revising the national curriculum framework should be preserved, he added.
“NCERT should review the rules for the development of history textbooks so that equal weight and importance is given to different eras, periods and events,” the committee said.
The panel also advised that other historic Indian empires be taught across the country as they have been under-represented so far, according to the panel.
“The story that children learn is almost from other countries, and if they have Indian material, it is from a specific period of nationalism. It does not celebrate the achievements of other communities or the lives of people who have made significant contributions to Indian history, ”said Harish Chauhan, professor of history.
Atharv Malu, a grade 10 student, said: “We have a lot of international history in our texts such as European history, there are chapters like Nationalism in India which mainly focuses on the Gandhian era. We have learned a lot about Mughal history. in previous years, but what’s the point of knowing the history of the world if you don’t know the history of India? “
According to the report, the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books do not adequately cover some of the great Indian empires, such as Vikramaditya, Cholas, Chalukyas, Vijaynagar, Gondwana or Travancore and the Ahoms of the Northeast. .
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Posted on: Monday December 06, 2021 10:40 PM IST