A full meeting of the National Monitoring Committee on Textbooks is set to be called to discuss the Thorat committee report as well as a dissenting report by Prof M S S Pandian on cartoons in NCERT textbooks. Sources said that the Thorat committee report may be rejected on grounds of being hastily drafted and without adequate consultation.
Sources said the National Monitoring Committee,headed by Prof Mrinal Miri and Prof G P Deshpande,has said that both the reports must be discussed along with all the submissions made by academic experts consulted.
On Tuesday,The Indian Express reported how the 13 experts consulted by the Thorat committee find no mention in the final report.
Members of the National Monitoring Committee have conveyed to the NCERT that if any evaluation of textbooks is to be conducted,it must be through a mechanism as rigorous as was adopted to draft these textbooks.
At a meeting called on Wednesday by NCERT Director Dr Parvin Sinclair on the Thorat committee report,members of the textbook committee and advisers were learnt to have given a point by point rebuttal to the arguments made by the Thorat panel. The meeting also discussed the differences of opinion between Prof S K Thorat,chairman of the committee,and member Prof M S S Pandian,an eminent social scientist.
The Thorat committee has recommended deletion of 21 cartoons with immediate effect and modification of caption and text in several places. Prof Pandian filed a separate report stating that these textbooks needed no changes.
While both Miri and Deshpande were unable to attend Wednesdays meeting,they are learnt to have conveyed their views to the NCERT.