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New Delhi: An RSS-affiliated outfit has a suggestion for the draft National Education Policy (NEP) — to include Vedic maths as part of school curriculum.

It is one among many feedbacks that Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas (SSUN), an RSS-affiliated organisation, has for the Ministry of Human Resources (HRD) and which will be discussed in its upcoming seminar called ‘Gyan Utsav 2076’ at the Indira Gandhi National Open University in New Delhi on 17 August.

The seminar will be attended by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna, among others.

SSUN, founded by Dinanath Batra, has also demanded that schools include tenets of Indian traditional knowledge system and focus on the Vedas, philosophies of Swami Vivekananda, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Abdul Kalam and others.

“Right from Vedic times till now, the Indian knowledge system has to be introduced in schools. Inclusion of Vedic mathematics, for instance, is a suggestion that we have given on draft NEP so that young students will not rely on calculators as their mind will become very sharp. In competitive exams, calculators are not allowed,” said said Atul Kothari, secretary of SSUN.

1,50,000 suggestions on draft NEP

Some of the focus areas that will be deliberated upon in this seminar are learning in one’s mother tongue, importance of value education, the quality of education, conduct and behavior of students and personality development. Discussions will also centre on how these can be implemented in the Indian education systems.

This is the organisation’s last effort to ensure that suggestions given by it are included in the draft policy. The HRD ministry had made the draft NEP public after much consultation and sought suggestions on it from the public. Based on these comments and suggestions, the ministry will finalise the policy. Earlier, the HRD minister had said that the ministry has received more than 1,50,000 suggestions from the public and various other stakeholders.

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A number of vice-chancellors and people working in the field of education will also take part in the seminar.


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Draft NEP under scrutiny

The SSUN has held 35 conferences across the country with 6,000 educationists till date, it said.

Kothari also said that only able administrators in the field of education can help achieve the “real objectives of the new education policy”.

“To fulfill these objectives, the Gyan Utsav 2076 is being organised. To raise basic and fundamental issues of the new education policy,” he further said.

The draft policy has been criticised for its suggestion to make Hindi compulsory, something which the ministry later clarified will not be made mandatory.


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  1. Most Schools do Drama by holding children late classes as special class or Out Olmpiad Class or other competitive exam preparation class to get maximum money from parents and many parents feel it is important for children to attend such classes overburdening Children

  2. Finland spends more than 12 Billion Euros in the Education of the country with a population of 5.5 million; it mustn’t be having more than 1.5 million, 15 Lac students, from the Primary to the Tertiary level education.

    It spends 12 Billion Euros on 15 Lac students; we have in a city more than this number of students!

    There is no comparison between the two countries in regard to the challenges the two face and tools the two have.

    Yes, we can learn from Finland and adapt some of the tools to our conditions instead of replicating their system.

  3. Why do many desis have such a hatred for their heritage and culture?

    Vedic Math, is an advanced and yet simple form of math, which can and is learnt by children, and allows complex math problems to solved .

    It is our heritage, why does this author abuse it?

    ALSO

    The RSS means ” rasthriya Sevak Samaj”- ” National Service Society”

    It is part and parcel of our 6.000+ year old tolerant Dharmic Tradition.

    No other Nation or society but in Colonial India is the Educational System devoted to teaching Hindus to hate their heritage.

  4. Vedic Math, in my experience with it, is not easy to comprehend unless we follow a definitive path of learning. Its not much of help to get rid of a calculator but definitely helpful with Calculus especially integration.

    • There is no difference between leftie hypocrite like you ( or a missionary A$$h..e) and those advocating Vedic maths. It is too obvious you are filled with hate and dubious understanding of history.

      Caste discrimination is evil. Social evil grew in later years. Our Rishis were very wise people and extensively developed philosophical framework and taught open minded enquirer which is prohibited in the Abrahamic religions. Mathematical concepts are in our ancient Scriptures. Why dwell on it now.

      India fell backward only in the last 300 years, especially the Industrial revolution.

  5. During my time there was neither calculators nor vedic maths, still I manage without calculators. Can anyone from this outfit recommend teacher for Vedic math. Till date I have not found anyone with in-depth knowledge. Sudip Dabir

  6. I saw a reference to Philosophy of Srinivas Ramanujan in Philosophies of Swami Vivekananda, and a few others. As a student of Philosophy I would like to know whether this is a correct reference – – would be happy to pursue this point. With warm regards, Narasimhan. No this is the first time.
    With warm regards, Narasimhan.

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