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A peek at the HRD ministry's plans to develop Sanskrit, Indian Philosophy in schools

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) plans to create a roadmap for the development of Sanskrit in schools. The plan will include providing Sanskrit textbooks online free of cost.

In a written reply to Lok Sabha, newly-appointed HRD minister Prakash Javadekar informed that the committee under the chairmanship of N Gopalaswami - the chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati - has suggested a long term vision and a roadmap for the development of Sanskrit.

The chief recommendations of the committee include preparing a status report on the existing Sanskrit text books of all classes in all states by the NCERT.

"NCERT and SCERTs may ensure that free tutorials for all Sanskrit text books are available online. This will help the students of Sanskrit to utilise the online resource as well in understanding their course contents and Sanskrit language in a constructive and encouraging environment," another recommendation includes.

The committee further recommended that the NCERT should collect data of the number of sanctioned posts of teachers in every state, as well as the number of posts filled and the number of vacant posts in all government schools, aided schools and private schools.

Indian Philosophy in education

Responding to a question by BJP member Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel over the introduction of Indian Philosophy in education, Javadekar said: "The National Policy on Education and National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 already draw attention on promoting values such as India's common cultural heritage, egalitarianism, democracy and secularism, equality of sexes, protection of environment, removal of social barriers, concern of others well-being , respect for human dignity and rights, etc."

"The content related to 'Ramayana' is already included in Class VI History text book, namely, Our Pasts I (Chapter 12 : Buildings, painting and books) published by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). The content related to 'Geeta' is also included in NCERT's Class XII Sanskrit text book, namely, ShaShwati, Part-II (Chapter IV: Karma Gauravam)," he further added.

First published: 18 July 2016, 5:29 IST