1.4 lakh students in 2,000 schools to take RSS science exam

The syllabus for the exam has been designed by Vijnana Bharti, which has distributed two booklets on the subject as study material to students.

Written by Ashutosh Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Updated: November 13, 2016 5:52 am
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*“Astronomy and metaphysics are described in the Rig Veda”

*“The concept of the atom can be traced to Vedic times”

*“Paramanu (beyond atom) was considered to be the smallest particle, which cannot be divided further. Nuclear energy is produced by splitting the same”

*Sushruta is the “father of surgery”. He described over 300 surgical procedures… including a method of stitching intestines by using “ant-heads as stitching material”.

These are pointers from a ‘study material’ issued by Vijnana Bharti, the science and technology wing of the RSS, for an exam the outfit is conducting in over 2,000 government and private schools across the country on November 20. Around 1.4 lakh students from Classes 6 to11 will take the three-hour exam on ‘Indian contribution to science’ and the ‘Life of former President APJ Abdul Kalam’.

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The syllabus for the exam has been designed by Vijnana Bharti, which has distributed two booklets on the subject as study material to students. Prominent schools such as DPS, Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas and Amity International Schools have told their teachers to hold special classes for the students.

While schools admit that never before has any private institution been able to bring together so many top schools for an exam, they do not mind the fact that an outside authority has determined the syllabus and will also evaluate the answer-sheets. In fact, many of them said the study material was “extremely good”.

A Jayakumar, Vijnana Bharti Secretary General and a veteran pracharak, said the twin objectives of this exam were to make students aware about “India’s achievements in the world of science” and draw them “towards science”. “We have got massive attention and appreciation across the country for this exam. We are not merely a country that invented zero, but much more than that,” he said, emphasising that there was “no financial support from the government” for the exam. He said they opted for Kalam because he is an “inspirational figure”.

Vijnana Bharti, which calls itself a “science movement with Swadeshi spirit”, has some prominent names in its Governing Council, including top scientists such as Anil Kakodkar and G Madhavan Nair.

Ghaziabad’s Amity International School’s Academic coordinator Ekta Soni said they “have received the study material prepared by them (Vijnan Bharti).” “I have held a meeting with students on how to go about this exam. Science teachers are setting aside one period a week for the preparation of this exam. The study material is of very good quality,” she said. Sixty-nine students of her school are taking the exam.

Kalpna Shukla, school coordinator of Ghaziabad’s Navjeevan Model School, where 200 students are taking the exam, said, “We are taking extra classes for the morning” and believe that “this exam will help our students.”

The schools said they were in constant touch with Vijnana Bharti and have been coordinated with them for the exam. It took three months of planning, Jayakumar said, to bring everyone together.

After Vijnana Bharti evaluates the answersheets, successful candidates will appear for the state-level and then for the national-level exam. The final winners will receive awards from the President of India.

The booklets have chapters on ancient Indian scientists such as Aryabhatta, Varahamihira, Brahmagupta, Lalla and Sripati. Brahmgupta, the booklet notes, “calculated the instantaneous motion of a planet, gave correct equations for parallax and computation of eclipses”, and also “introduced the Indian concept of mathematics-based astronomy into the Arab world”.

A chapter on Ayurvedic treatment lists various kinds of oil massages, including Abhyangam, which is “very useful in treating obesity and diabetic gangrene”. While a chapter lists the achievements of the Indian Space Research Organisation, another on modern scientists has profiles of Vikram Sarabhai, Verghese Kurien, MS Swaminathan, Anil Kakodkar, Sam Pitroda and Sabeer Bhatia.

 

 

 

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First Published on: November 13, 2016 4:12 am
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    Annnn
    Nov 13, 2016 at 2:53 am
    Let's convert our country into a bunch of s.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jai RSS
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      Archpagan
      Nov 13, 2016 at 6:50 am
      @Jigsaw Kemerton lt;br/gt;The re is hea ven and h ell difference between Hinduism and Mohammedanism.
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        Atanu Nath
        Dec 14, 2016 at 9:05 pm
        And the gold nano-particles in Gomutra and its anti-cancerous miraculous medicinal properties ? And the giant go-mata that lifts the universe on its back ? And the gobor that gives us wisdom ? Won't be included :O ?
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          Avinash
          Nov 13, 2016 at 2:17 am
          Now India will get nobel prizes after some years.
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            A villager
            Nov 13, 2016 at 6:45 am
            Long needed but we have to trade carefully as it shall not lead to wrong jingoism.
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              Rangaesh Gadasalli
              Nov 13, 2016 at 3:12 am
              Sage Susruta has been accepted as the founder of modern plastic surgery by US a world college of Plastic surgeons. people c an search for this. Indian calculation of planetary distance has been apprecaited by Apoloscientists.Hundreds of herbal meds are getting researched by drug companis here e in USAlt;br/gt;e
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                Hanuman
                Nov 13, 2016 at 3:21 am
                India's legacy in science too was discovered and further elaborated and brought to the fore by the same leftist historians that RSS hates. RSS parivar members use violence and falsehoods to try to eliminate the work of these historians from the public domain. Example: campaign against Romila Thapar when she was to receive an honor from the American Parliament.
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                  iftiindian
                  Nov 13, 2016 at 3:33 am
                  This exam will produce poisonous chaddilectuals.
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                    Jigsaw Kemerton
                    Nov 13, 2016 at 6:05 am
                    Complete rubbish. RSS becoming the Hindu version of jihadist Islam. Sadly, they are too blind to see it.
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                      Questioner
                      Nov 13, 2016 at 3:01 am
                      Can someone explain why Chrislamic supremacists and their supporters don't want Indian children to learn about Sushruta, Aryabhatta, Varahamihira, Brahmagupta, Lalla, Sripati, and Dr Abul Kalam?
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                        Questioner
                        Nov 13, 2016 at 5:18 am
                        So the Christlamic fear is that if Indian children learn about Sushruta, Aryabhatta, Varahamihira, Brahmagupta, Lalla, Sripati, and Dr Abul Kalam, they will stop supporting Chrislamic supremacists and other anti-nationals?
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                          L bhadrapati Devi
                          Nov 13, 2016 at 6:02 am
                          Indian thought process of the past were copied by Arab and West. The modern interpretation of Indian scientific work by RSS and its scientific team is a commendable job. Let this exam be conducted all over the state of India.
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                            L bhadrapati Devi
                            Nov 13, 2016 at 6:30 am
                            Kudos to the team for materializing the spreading of our scientific achievement of our forefather to the younger generations who feel inferiority complex to the west. At least, our youths and children will have state of self confidence nation.
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                              mumbikar
                              Nov 13, 2016 at 1:26 am
                              There goes those poor kids future !!! Brain washed at such a young age.
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                                mathimathi
                                Nov 13, 2016 at 8:19 am
                                yes they will invent an another chai wala with fake BA MA.
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                                  mtv
                                  Nov 13, 2016 at 3:31 am
                                  Let us wait and see with patience. If the result is good, we should accept it otherwise, we should reject it. A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit.
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                                    Nazeer Hussain
                                    Nov 13, 2016 at 1:39 am
                                    I hope these kids create the vimana, bramahstra ,the arrow which gives floods and the arrow which releases fire soon , so that India can save it's imports money from buying weapons and aircraft from Boeing
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                                      NEO
                                      Nov 13, 2016 at 4:00 am
                                      A Very Very Very good Step for the future of India...
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                                        rajan luthra
                                        Nov 13, 2016 at 1:42 am
                                        Fields day for the saffron brigade. Can claim anything for India's glory. Falsehood can't make any nation glorious whatever be the force of propaa.
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                                          Ravi Ranjan
                                          Nov 13, 2016 at 4:11 am
                                          Interesting.We certainly need to look bat our past too and through the eyes of communists.Good initiative.
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                                            Rohini
                                            Nov 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm
                                            Yes, I have seen this booklet. It is excellent and is extremely useful in informing Indian students about Indian contribution to the sciences. lt;br/gt;Nowhere else is so much material to be found together about India and the sciences from ancient times. And nothing that they say is not fact. lt;br/gt;It is interesting. And a great balance to the western led science education tha ONLY teaches about western contributions to science.lt;br/gt;I would ask that every Indian parent (except left liberals and intellectuals as they call themselves) who wants to give their children a balanced view of the sciences must procure this book to also teach them about the Indian contributions to scince. School will teach them about the western contributions, anyway and that's all it will teach our children. Janaki ammal, ISRO, the ancient sciences and ancient scientists, mathematicians, astronomers, biologists, etc will NEVER find emntion in any school text book today to any degree of detail.lt;br/gt;Excellent move. Keep it up.
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