It is shameful that at a time when the public education system across the country is collapsing and the students continue to lag behind, the government is busy with its agenda of saffronsing the curriculum.
The introduction of 15 Bhartiya Jnana Parampara (Indian Knowledge System) courses, including Veda, Yoga, Sanskrit, Ramayan and Bhagvad Gita, at National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) betrays a singular vision of ‘Indian’ literature and history. This curriculum is completely omissive of the heterogeneity of values and ethical traditions of communities inhabiting the country, thereby threatening the cohesion of the plural Indian society. Preferential bias towards any cultural tradition to represent all Indian knowledge is violative of our constitutional principles.
On the other hand, the government is shying away from its responsibility of providing education to children in general, as is evident from the deep cut in the education budget this year. With the schools and parents struggling to provide learning to the kids due to Covid-19 crisis, the government should prioritise building digital infrastructure and providing educational aid, instead of needlessly interfering in curricula.
Mohammad Salman Ahmad
Students Islamic Organisation of India
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