New Delhi: The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has taken a significant step by constituting a 19-member committee to introduce subjects related to Bharatiya philosophy into the school curricula. Lessons on Bharatiya philosophy will be incorporated into the curriculum, spanning from the 3rd to the 12th standard. MD Srinivas, Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies, Chennai, has been appointed as the committee’s chairman.
The committee’s primary objective is to identify and include subjects relevant to Bharatiya philosophy in the school curriculum. This initiative aims to enrich students’ knowledge and understanding of Bharatiya culture, Vedas, art, architecture, legends, and more. The committee, consisting of experts in various fields, will prepare comprehensive documents in Hindi, English, and Urdu.
The finalised syllabus is scheduled to be submitted to both NCERT and the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) by November 20. A preliminary draft of textbooks and teaching materials is expected to be submitted by December 31, with the final versions set to be released by January 31, 2024.
Among the members of the committee are Michel Danino, a visiting professor at IIT-Gandhinagar and a member of NSTC; Manjul Bhargav, a professor at Princeton and a globally recognised mathematician, also co-chairperson of NSTC; V. Ramanathan, an assistant professor at IIT-BHU; Rama Jayasundar, Head of NMR at AIIMS; and Ganti S. Murthy, the national coordinator of the Ministry of Education’s IKS division.