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‘Cartoon row a blow to NCERT’

This is a blow to NCERT’s institutional and academic calibre.

The cartoon row has dealt a blow to the National Council for Education Research & Training (NCERT) as an institution,according to its former director Prof Krishna Kumar who is largely credited with bringing in the National Curriculum Framework and a host of progressive school

textbooks including those that have been attacked by MPs of late.

“This is a blow to NCERT’s institutional and academic calibre. It is quite sad,” Prof Kumar told The Indian Express,breaking his silence on the controversy.

The fact that the government had sought to set up another new committee to look into the controversial cartoons in the textbooks also undermines NCERT as an institution,he said.

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“If the government had referred the issue to the National Monitoring Committee,it would have upheld the institutional and intellectual dignity of NCERT,” Prof Kumar said. NCERT is an academic institution and its professional dignity and structure must be considered,” he said.

The Kapil Sibal-led HRD Ministry has set up a six-member committee headed by Prof S K Thorat,chairperson of Indian Council for Social Sciences Research,to examine all Political Science and Social Science NCERT textbooks for Classes IX to XII to identify “educationally inappropriate material” and suggest alternatives to replace it.

Experts must decide: MP

Reacting to the furore over the cartoon content of NCERT textbooks,Rajya Sabha MP Bhalchandra Mungekar to The Indian Express ,“It should be left to experts to decide the content of textbooks,including the incorporation of cartoons consistent with the content.”