The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has revised the school textbooks for the 2020-21 academic year and the Uttar Pradesh Board School are following the pattern with the exclusion of topics related to Mughal Empire in the Standard 12 textbooks. These topics included ‘Kings and Chronicles’, and ‘The Mughal Courts (C. 16th and 17th centuries)’. This means that “Badshah Nama” (chronicle of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan), “Akbarnama” (the official chronicle of the reign of Akbar) and information regarding composition of manuscripts and courts, will not be available for reading.
Books from Class 11 like ‘Themes In World History’ were also excluded from revision with topics like ‘Industrial Revolution’ and ‘Confrontation of cultures’ going out. The State Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak informed media persons about the relationship between NCERT and UP Board schools in the same context.
The Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad, which governs education in the State, uploaded the NCERT rationalised syllabus on the website. NCERT, while rationalising the syllabus, cited overlapping in certain sections and was also seen dropping portions in Political Science like chapters on ‘US hegemony in world politics’ and ‘The Cold War Era’ from Class 12 textbook.
The decision made by NCERT has sparked some discussions on the ideology of rewriting and Indian revisionism. This has opened up the possibility of potential implications for the education in India and how it is shaping the students, who will go on to make the country their own.
The NCERT is a body set up by the Government of India with a mission to provide scientific and relevant education to the students in India. It was established in 1961 to look into textbooks and also suggest changes to advance the educational parameters set by the Government of India. This move of altering an entire curriculum based on the ideology of the ruling party has been seen in different parts of the world and is certainly not a new one.
It is expected that the education system will be further modified in the coming days and through this, the next generation of Indians will grow with an entirely different perspective of the world they live in.
The person mentioned in the article is Brajesh Pathak, the Uttar Pradesh State Deputy Chief Minister. He is responsible for informing media persons about the relationship between NCERT and UP Board schools in regards to the textbook revisions.
The company mentioned in the article is the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). It is a body set up by the Government of India focused on providing scientific and relevant education. Established in 1961, NCERT is responsible for revising school textbooks, suggesting changes to the educational parameters set by the Government of India and more.