In a recent development, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has proposed the incorporation of revered epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata into the history curriculum of schools, categorizing them under India's 'classical period.' This recommendation comes from a high-level panel led by Prof C I Issac, the committee's chairman.
The panel, tasked with revising the social sciences curriculum for schools, has put forth a series of suggestions, aiming to enrich the educational system with India's rich cultural and historical heritage. One notable proposal is the introduction of the Indian knowledge system, encompassing the Vedas and Ayurveda, into the textbooks.
According to Prof Issac, the committee advocates for a reclassification of history into four distinct periods: the classical period, the medieval period, the British era, and modern India. This contrasts with the existing threefold classification of Indian history, which comprises ancient, medieval, and modern India.
Elaborating on the proposed changes, Issac emphasized, "Under the classical period, we suggest teaching Indian epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata. It's essential for students to grasp the essence of these narratives, understanding figures like Rama and their significance within the epics."
Furthermore, the panel has recommended a comprehensive coverage of all the dynasties that have governed India, aiming to offer a more inclusive perspective rather than focusing solely on select ones.
Issac highlighted, "It's crucial for students to learn about the victories and valorous figures like Subhash Chandra Bose from Indian history. This knowledge instills confidence in them."
In addition to these recommendations, the committee proposed inscribing the Preamble of the Constitution in vernacular languages on classroom walls and replacing the term 'India' with 'Bharat' in textbooks.
While these proposals are under consideration, NCERT, in response to recent media reports, stated that the syllabus development process is still in progress. "It is premature to comment on the news circulating in the media regarding this issue," NCERT mentioned in their statement last month.