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Ramayana, Mahabharata to be part of new history syllabus? Here's what NCERT panel recommended

Indian epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata could soon find a place in the history textbooks after the recommendation of a high-level panel of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). The Social Science Committee of the NCERT led by Professor CI Isaac has recommended various changes in the current curriculum including division of history syllabus into four periods – classical period, the mediaeval period, the British era, and modern India and also inclusion of some national heroes like Subhash Chandra Bose.

The high-level panel has also recommended the introduction of other highly revered books like Vedas and textbooks related to Ayurveda. The suggestion are part of the final position paper on social sciences which will help in development of new NCERT textbook and the proposal is yet to get final nod from NCERT, ANI reported.

Prof C I Issac, head of the NCERT panel while speaking to ANI about the changes recommended said, “The panel has made recommendations for the classification of history into four periods: the classical period, the mediaeval period, the British era, and modern India. Till now, there have been only three classifications of Indian history- ancient, Medieval and modern India,”

“Under the classical period, we have recommended that Indian epics–Ramayana and Mahabharata–be taught. We have recommended that the student have an idea of who Rama was and what his purpose was. A little bit about the epic,”

Another recommendation by the panel includes writing the preamble of the constitution on the walls of all classrooms in vernacular languages and giving more space to national heroes like Subhash Chandra Bose. 

Issac added, “The students must know about the Indian heroes and their struggles and victories so that they can get confidence… We have also suggested that the Preamble should be written on the walls of all classrooms in vernacular languages,”

(With inputs from ANI)

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Updated: 21 Nov 2023, 12:24 PM IST

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