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Changes in history curriculum of students only after new 'Education Policy' is drafted : NCERT

Changes in history curriculum of students only after new 'Education Policy' is drafted : NCERT

New Delhi, Sep 14 (UNI) National Council of Research and Training (NCERT) will not bring any alteration in the history syllabi of students and prepare the fresh syllabus only after formation of a new Education Policy on the basis of which changes would be effected in the curriculum, NCERT said. NCERT Director Hrushikesh Senapaty informed about this decision of the body to UNI in a special meet here today. He told that as many as 1334 modifications were to be made in the History syllabus of 182 books of the NCERT based on suggestions, figures and new information received during examination of the whole curriculum. But he also clarified simultaneously that these changes to be brought are not all 'errors' as published in the newspapers a few days ago. On diverting his attention to the "Objections" made by Sangh affiliated educationist Dinanath Batra about the content of History books and his suggestions for changes in them which had attracted a lot of controversy, and if any changes are in the pipeline in that connection, Mr Senapaty clarified "since we have not received any letter from him, therefore, there is no question of getting suggestions. And hence no question in change in content of history books also." Asked if the Government or the Sangh puts any pressure on the NCERT to make it work its own way or if there is any interference by them, he said NCERT experiences no such pressure from anywhere. 'We are independent in functioning and ,therefore, no content from the books has been deleted,' Mr Senapaty added. On being queried upon as to by when the new books will be published after examination of the books in question, Mr Senapaty informed, "new books will be introduced by the next academic year.' He also told that NCERT received 920 online suggestions out of which only 221 were relevant and 345 were about 'correcting facts and updating figures." Implying that former President Pranab Mukherjee's name will be replaced by incumbent President Ram Nath Kovind in the new history books. Many old figures will also change as per the new population census in the new syllabus of history books that students will study. He told that there are just 'minor mistakes' in the books and most of the them are 'publishing'. In reply to a question, Mr Senapaty stated that the new syllabi will be 'prepared' only after the new education policywas in place and on its basis the new content in the books will be introduced. 'Therefore, it would be too early to state as to what kind of changes will be made in the curriculum', the NCERT director remarked. UNI SY SNU 1634

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