NCERT curriculum should focus on nationalism: Rajasthan minister

“They (Centre) sought suggestions for the new curriculum. So I said nationalism be included along with local heroes. I also suggested that the medium of instruction in primary level should be the child’s mother tongue,” he said.

By: Express News Service | Jaipur | Updated: July 21, 2017 5:47 am
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Rajasthan’s Minister for Education (Primary and Secondary) Vasudev Devnani has said the new curriculum being designed by the NCERT should focus on nationalism and incorporate content celebrating “local heroes” from various states. Speaking to The Indian Express on Thursday, Devnani said that after revision of the curriculum in Rajasthan, he had suggested these changes at the recently-held meetings of the Central Advisory Board of Education and the NCERT. “They (Centre) sought suggestions for the new curriculum. So I said nationalism be included along with local heroes. I also suggested that the medium of instruction in primary level should be the child’s mother tongue,” he said.

“Rajasthan’s initiatives in school education were appreciated by the Centre at these meetings. We have revised the curriculum incorporating local nationalist heroes, besides including chapters on demonetisation and flagship central and state government schemes like Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and the Bhamashah scheme,” he said.

“Rajasthan is the first state to have included a chapter on Emergency. It is such an important part of India’s political history and yet students have no idea about it. Allegations that we are altering history are silly. How can one change historical facts? We have only removed some personalities to make way for some others,” added Devnani.

Besides the curriculum, other changes like merger of schools, filling of vacant teaching posts and confidence-building measures like parent-teacher meetings, had contributed to good results in state-run schools, the minister said.

He claimed that enrolment in state-run schools increased by 12 lakh in the past two years and the government expects an additional 8 lakh students to enrol this year.

“Simple measures like parent-teacher meetings have helped inspire trust in state-run schools. Results in government schools have been better than in private schools. The Class X board results saw a 16.5 per cent rise in pass percentage. Nearly half of all senior secondary schools run by the government came up with 100 per cent result. This is the first time parents have come to me, seeking help with admissions in government schools. This is because they (state-run schools) have become so competitive,” said Devnani.

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    stranger
    Jul 21, 2017 at 2:08 pm
    true reading history has no use unless it solves some purpose. entire 2 years of 9 and 10 should be devoted to graphic and gory details of atrocities by islamic invaders and student project should also be about the same only then we will learn the importance of protecting us from future invaders. when the same students join jnu anti-national elements will byte dust.
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      Monika
      Jul 21, 2017 at 10:22 am
      Dear Mr Minister What is the actual purpose of education Requesting you to actually do an enquiry of the same before using power to alter the books. You all need to be responsible about your action and decisions as you impact the future generations of our country
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        Antony
        Jul 21, 2017 at 11:07 am
        The minister knows what he is doing and has done research. Let's not tell him what to do when we have no knowledge.
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        Vivek
        Jul 21, 2017 at 8:21 am
        Good almost there to convert India into Pak or Germany.
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          Antony
          Jul 21, 2017 at 11:08 am
          What's wrong with it? Ppaakistan is following Koran and Germany followed Bible. Are you telling me both these books are satanic and bad?
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          Avinash
          Jul 21, 2017 at 8:03 am
          Well said sir. Nationalism in indian curriculum is good. Anyway...we buy technology from foreign countries so no need to focus their. Bharat mata ki jai.
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            Dalbir
            Jul 21, 2017 at 10:45 am
            Yes Nationalism in school is a must. And thoda aagey bhi. Please stop al this HB1 visas and SAT and TOEFL. Anyone educated in India must stay in India. Otherwise go to Pakistan or China or UK or USA. Jai shri ram
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              Antony
              Jul 21, 2017 at 11:09 am
              Allah oh Akbar. Jesus. India has more illegal Bbaangladesh Muslims then Indians going abroad. We need to kick all Muslims back to their country of origin Ppaakistan or Bbaangladesh.
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