Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

Rajat Sharma’s Blog: Unnecessary controversy over change in NCERT syllabus

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India TV Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Rajat Sharma

An unnecessary controversy has arisen in the education world over the removal of the chapter related to Mughal history from the NCERT syllabus. It has been claimed that now the history of the Mughal period will not be taught to the children of our country. Many educationists allege that there have been several such selective, but widespread changes in syllabus in history. On the other hand, NCERT Director Dinesh Prasad Saklani says that some changes were made in the course to reduce the burden of studies on children during the Corona period. it’s not a big deal. Chapters on Central Islamic Lands, Clash of Cultures and Industrial Revolution dropped from Class XI syllabus, ‘Rise of Popular Movements’ and ‘Era of One Party Dominance’ from Class XII Civics book . Chapters like ‘Democracy and Diversity’, ‘Popular Struggles and Movements’, ‘Challenges of Democracy’ have been removed from the Class 10 ‘Democratic Politics’ book. The NCERT director termed the entire debate as unnecessary. But AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi quipped on this. he/she taunted and said – Will Modi now teach the children that he/she built the Red Fort? Taj Mahal built by Nathuram Godse? Since the UP government has also decided to follow the NCERT syllabus, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav also raised the question. he/she protested against the removal of poems by Suyakant Tripathi Nirala and Faiz Ahmed Faiz from Hindi textbooks.

After looking at all the facts, it seems that the syllabus has been changed, some chapters have been removed, but it is not acceptable to say that the chapters of the Mughal period were taught in other classes as well. I agree that changes were also made in subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Commerce, but history is a different subject. By the way, everyone says that our education system is slowly collapsing. But how to fix it? Nobody did anything about it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked seriously on this for the first time. Changed the entire education policy and when the education policy changes, some old things are removed and some new things are added. The changes made in the syllabus are temporary. These can be changed again. It doesn’t seem right to find a dispute between Hindu-Muslim, Congress-BJP in this. Looking at the kind of atmosphere prevailing in our country these days, even the commenters cannot be blamed much. Every time some or the other election is in front, that’s why the politicians think that every change is related to the election.

Yogi merges teacher recruitment commissions

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday gave guidelines for setting up the UP Education Service Selection Commission. That is, now in all the schools, colleges, technical education centers, Sanskrit schools or madrassas in UP, only one commission will recruit teachers. All teachers will be appointed in primary, secondary, higher and technical colleges through the UP Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET). Till now there were separate commissions for recruitment of teachers in primary education, secondary education, and higher secondary schools in UP. Yogi has said that recruitment of teachers in madrasas and minority educational institutions will also be done through the new commission. Yogi’s decision is good. Till now there were separate commissions. There used to be manipulation to become their member. There was corruption. Different government offices, vehicles, employees and other infrastructure used to be spent, all that will be saved. There will be less scope for corruption. Transparency will increase, accountability will be fixed. That’s why this decision is in the interest of the people.

As far as the recruitment of madrassa teachers is concerned through the commission, the recruitment of teachers in Sanskrit schools will also be done by the commission. Rest of the people do not have any objection but those who run the madrasa are raising questions. But it should be understood that till now we used to see that Maulana of Karnataka is teaching in the Madrasa of Mughalsarai. Maulana of Bengal is teaching in Madrasa of Kanpur. What is his/her background? What degree does he/she have, how far has he/she studied? Does he/she know anything other than Urdu or not? There was no one to see whether he/she knows computer, English, maths, science or not. But now this will not happen. There will be a test (TET). After that, if educated people teach in the madrassa, then the future of Muslim children will improve. I think this is a step taken towards fulfilling the promise of Modi in which he/she said that he/she wants Muslim children to have computer in one hand and holy Quran in the other. (Rajat Sharma)

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