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New Delhi: The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks are set for another major revision, which will be effected once the New Education Policy (NEP) is finalised and there is a National Curriculum Framework (NCF) in place, ThePrint has learnt.

The last revision had taken place in 2017 and was only implemented from the current academic session. The school textbooks will now see another revision in the next two years, according to sources in the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

The 2017 revision had come after nearly 15 years. The exercise was then based on public suggestions invited by the NCERT from teachers, parents, members of education groups and the common public. On the basis of the public suggestions and feedback, changes were made in the old syllabus.

Among some of the additions in the 2017 revision was the inclusion of the Modi government’s policies such as the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and demonetisation. A chapter on Rajput king Maharana Pratap was introduced in the history textbook of Class 7. Additionally, more information on Indian knowledge systems has been added in the textbooks. The books meant for classes 6 to 10 have information on ancient Indian philosophy, yoga and Ayurveda.

“The previous revision had to be done because the education policy was getting delayed and the syllabus had not been revised for a long time,” said a senior government official. “There were topics that needed to be included in the books and waiting for a new policy would have been too late. One revision was done to take care of the immediate changes, but the major revision will happen with the latest exercise.”


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Changes to be in line with New Education Policy

The next change that will be made in the textbooks will be in line with the New Education Policy and the NCF that will be formed according to the education policy. Textbooks in India are currently formulated according to the NCF 2005, which is a rule book for preparing school textbooks.

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The NCF has been revised four times so far — in 1975, 1988, 2000 and 2005. The new proposed revision will be the fifth of the framework.

Revision of NCERT textbooks has also been suggested in the New Education Policy draft. It has been advised that the textbooks should be revised to contain only the essential core material in each subject, keeping in mind a constructivist, discovery-based, analysis-based, engaging, and enjoyable style of learning.

It also suggests that NCERT should also prepare a few supplementary units in certain subjects, in addition to this core material, which may be used to enhance the core material in various states.

The Modi government is currently studying the education policy draft submitted by a committee headed by K. Kasturirangan, the former ISRO chief. Public comments have also been sought on the policy draft, and a policy will be finalised on the basis of various consultations, feedback and suggestions mentioned in the draft.


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25 COMMENTS

  1. 1. Indian History & Epics of India should be part of Syllabus to Ensure the cultural & Ethical development of Future Indians.
    2. Globally Accepted that- Learning Sanskrit language is the best way to which Enhances brain development & also helps nation building.
    3. SANSKRIT (DEV BHASHA) Must be considered as one of the mandatory subject in kids education.
    4. Physical activities are more important for healthy India & Competition should not play with Physical & Psychological health of kids.
    5. Govt Schools & teachers should work further to become tat most preferred to educate the kids -Indian heritage development.
    6. As the Govt. teachers are the qualified & are the roots of our future they must be given the appropriate attention & train them to Educate the best.

  2. To be honest all the talk about syllabus is mostly a waste of time. In a few years time with more people having access to internet, the world of knowledge is no longer restricted to text books. I think the books need to become smaller and let the kids explore the world outside.

    • Internet cannot be seen as the only source of knowledge to create the base of a student of any particular country in terms of culture and history because a lot of propaganda warfare is going out there by secret services of the world that try to misinterpret, mislead and distort facts to change the very narrative of a country to destabilize it.

  3. It’s good but I can’t understand why cbse planning to have practical outside……it’s not good….other school will never provide good marks to students due to competition

  4. Mathematics of standard 9 is full of geometry which is of no use for may in future let the subject be interesting no commerce in it like profit and loss etc

  5. We could probably place a basic paper for subjects such as social science as many of us struggle to study enormous amounts of content for the exams and are still left with more to read. We might also consider adding computer sciences and programming to the syllabus to make it more relevant to modern requirements. Thank you

  6. 11th standard portions are too heavy at par with UG. Even some chapters are at par with PG especially Chemistry. More than 50% of students fail in all schools. Need to do some important valuable change.

  7. It’s a great idea of change but I suppose they should change state syllabus to central syllabus because all children should be given equal opportunity of learning.

  8. All numb nuts supporting new syllabus and opposing history should think what will be ifb not history in history subject. Start subject on lynching , hatred, communal riots and fake videos and article on WhatsApp, political vendetta ,jailed criminal ruling now

  9. In the name of change of syllabus please do not overburden the children.They should taught exactly what is the minimum most required.My daughtre reads in class six , there are subjects like history,pol.sc,economics.What is the need of studying so many subject in class six itself.

    • So that she develops a base and enhance an ability to understand the political, economic things going on in the country.

  10. True. It’s time we stop learning about the greatness of those who concurred and ruled over India and start learning about our own achievement & versitile past

  11. Computers are dominantly ruling and have become integral part of our daily life. Computer skills must be made mandatory in School level so the future generation becomes ready to adapt and keep with the latest development in Computer technology.

    • @Pragati: Ha!! Ha!! You congressi SICK-ULARS are happy with the LIES & Anti Hindu/Anti India, education system established by the pig puppy, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad & FAKE Chacha Nehru!! SHAME ON YOU!!

  12. Very happy to know the content.Todays generation definitely needs the knowledge of yoga,ayurveda, history of India. Earlier my daughter used to study in ICSE board, and I was not happy with few subjects.Now she is in CBSE and they are learning Ramayan and Mahabharat.There will be a big change in children and society with this .

  13. If textbooks of primary classes are being revised it would be useful if class one Hindi text book introduces varnmaala and maatra in a systematic way as in earlier Baal Bharti text book of NCERT so that Hindi teaching in southern schools especially is easier.

  14. According to me, syallbus much be based on critical thinking, analyse, logical thinking of students. They must frame the laws, concepts, and problems rather than ready-made food. Especially, in social studies we should remove past history, give space for them to create history and should include recent history made by present role models so that they can believe which develops self confidence. Till how many years, they need to study past history and memorize it. It doesn’t gains any benefit for them. Tell them to search history and write history on there and create history on positive way which builds peace and prosperous future India, what I believe

  15. Am a commerce teacher from Kerala. It’s a good move. It’s high time to change plus one and plus two accoutancy text book

  16. It’s a good move. Am a commerce teacher from Kerala. It’s high time to revise plus one and plus two accoutancy book

  17. The false and concocted durbari history of Thapar and Habib must be eliminated and replaced with our own true history from our perspective.

    • True. It’s time we stop learning about the greatness of those who concurred and ruled over India and start learning about our own achievement & versitile past

  18. It should be focused on STEM, totally. No harm in studying the text books used in countries like Singapore which have top global rankings for school education. We cannot match their financial resources per child, the infrastructure and facilities, but the content could be of comparable quality.

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