Bhagavad Gita to be included in NCERT Syllabus

by Subhechcha Ganguly

The Shrimad Bhagavad Geeta is mentioned in the NCERT textbooks for classes VI and VII, and its shlokas are found in the Sanskrit textbooks for classes XI and XII, the Lok Sabha was informed on Monday. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), according to a written response from Minister of State for Education Annapurna Devi, has started developing national curriculum frameworks and is seeking input from a variety of stakeholders, including different ministries, departments, states, and union territories that are drawing from grassroots levels.

The traditional knowledge of India that is both durable and works toward the welfare of all is referenced in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2022 Paragraph 4.27, she continued. “We must comprehend our legacy and impart the “Indian way” of doing things to the rest of the world if we are to become the knowledge power of this century,” she continued.

She added that the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) Division of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had been established by the ministry in 2020 with the goal of fostering interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research on all facets of Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS), as well as preserving and disseminating IKS knowledge for future study and societal applications.A legislative commission also urged NCERT to incorporate with equal emphasis the efforts of the “unsung liberation heroes” from all regions of the nation, particularly the northeast.

The Bhagavad Gita’s teachings and the incorporation of “vedic” knowledge into the curriculum were noted by the panel. The committee believed that the department could make sufficient efforts to highlight and present the diversity of religious teachings as revealed in all ancient scriptures and educational/religious texts, through the school textbooks, and incorporate the same in the revised NCF, according to the report.

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