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NCERT panel approves proposal to replace India with Bharat in text books

October 25, 2023
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NEW DELHI: In a significant development, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) panel has approved a proposal to change the way India is referred to in school textbooks. The proposal suggests replacing ‘India’ with ‘Bharat.’
The panel has recommended the adoption of ‘classical history’ nomenclature, replacing ‘ancient history’ in textbooks. The committee’s chairman, C I Issac, elaborated on these adjustments, underlining their significance.

According to committee chairperson C I Isaac, the panel has suggested replacing the name “India” with “Bharat” in the textbooks, introducing “classical history” instead of “ancient history” in the curriculum and including the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) in the syllabus for all subjects.

“The committee has unanimously recommended that the name ‘Bharat’ should be used in textbooks for students across classes. We have also recommended introducing ‘classical history’ instead of ‘ancient history’ in the textbooks,” Isaac told PTI.

He said the committee has also recommended highlighting “Hindu victories” in various battles in the textbooks.
“Our failures are presently mentioned in the textbooks. But our victories over the Mughals and sultans are not,” said Isaac, who is also a member of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR).

The NCERT is revising the curriculum of the school textbooks in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The council recently constituted a 19-member National Syllabus and Teaching Learning Material Committee (NSTC) to finalise the curriculum, textbooks and learning material for these classes.

“The committee has also recommended the introduction of the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) in the curriculum of all subjects,” Isaac said.

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