Thursday, 30 June, 2022

Topic: NCERT

Gujarat riots, Faiz couplets dropped from school texts. NCERT cites ‘overlapping, irrelevance’

Portions on Mughal history, caste and inequality, and references to Dalit writers have also been removed. NCERT said it is part of a ‘syllabus rationalisation’ exercise.

Delhi was ‘Dhillikapuri’, Qutub Minar was Sun pillar — pro-Hindutva press on capital’s Hindu past

ThePrint’s round-up of how pro-Hindutva media covered and commented on news and topical issues over the past few days.

SubscriberWrites: There is vacuum in school texts about making of J&K. Policy change needed.

Successive governments have turned a blind eye to the modern history of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, writes Ansh Chowdhari.

NCERT to cut syllabus for 2022-23, to ease load for students amid Covid disruption

Academic sessions in schools have been disrupted many times in the last two years because of Covid-19, with continuous school closures and unavailability of online resources for many students. 

Bhagavad Gita taught in schools, colleges, even technical institutes — govt tells Parliament

Responding to a question about efforts made towards inclusion of Hindu scripture in curriculums, Dharmendra Pradhan said even Class 6,7 history books have references.

History textbooks should include 4 Vedas, look at post-1947 events too — House panel tells govt

The Parliamentary panel report on reforms in school textbooks recommends studying educational methodologies adopted in universities like Nalanda, Vikramshila and Takshashila.

Govt panel for transgender persons suggests medical curriculum be revised, doctors sensitised

National Council for Transgender Persons has also told Modi government that proposed revisions in NCERT textbooks to bring sensitivity be completed expeditiously.

This mother wants NCERT to bring back transgender manual, gets 5,600 supporters on online plea

Petition was started by Nilakshi Roy, parent of a now-adult queer individual, on NCERT sensitisation manual was junked after child rights body raised objections.

Gender-neutral toilets, Cisgender, Agender: What junked NCERT manual for teachers explained

NCERT manual was to sensitise teachers about transgender students but has since been removed after a rap from the NCPCR, the national child rights body.  

Take responsibility of self-prescribed books — education ministry issues guidelines to schools

The guidelines also say that books chosen by schools shouldn't promote any kind of discrimination based on caste, class, religion, gender, ethnicity, language.

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The shrine to Khandoba at Jejuri, a Deccan god worshipped by both Hindus and Muslims | Wikimedia Commons

‘Historic hurt’ is a modern phrase. Muslims were integral to South Indian gods

The legends of Vavar and other South Indian gods venerated by both Hindus and Muslims show that the Deccan's religious history in the region is far more complex.
File photo of Isha Ambani, daughter of billionaire Mukesh Ambani | Bloomberg

Mukesh Ambani’s daughter Isha Ambani to be named chair of Reliance retail

Isha Ambani, the current director of Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd., is expected to be announced as the chair as early as Wednesday.


The Indian Air Force logo | Commons

Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.