July 8 (PTI) Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Thursday said there has been an ‘uninformed commentary’ on exclusion of certain topics from the CBSE syllabus to portray a false narrative.
The comments by the minister came following a controversy over the reduction of syllabus by the CBSE due to the COVID-19 situation, with the Opposition alleging that chapters on India’s democracy and plurality are being ‘dropped’ to propagate a particular ideology.
In a series of posts on Twitter, Dr Pokhriyal reiterated CBSE’s clarification that schools have been advised to follow the NCERT Alternate Academic Calendar, while adding that all the topics mentioned have been covered under the same Academic Calendar
Dr Pokhriyal said that while it is easy to misconstrue exclusion of 3-4 topics like nationalism, local government, federalism, etc and build a false narrative, a wider perusal of different subjects will show that this exclusion is happening across subjects.
Citing examples to make his case, Dr Pokhriyal said that apart from Political Science, Social Science and Sociology, chapters and topics were also dropped from other subjects.
“The topics excluded in Economics are Measures of Dispersion, Balance of Payments Deficit, etc, while topics excluded in Physics are Heat Engine and Refrigerator, Heat Transfer, Convection and Radiation among others,” he said.
“The one purpose is to chill out the stress on college students by decreasing the syllabus by 30 per cent. This train has been carried out following the recommendation & suggestions of assorted consultants and contemplating the solutions acquired from educationists by way of our #SyllabusForStudents2020 marketing campaign,” he stated.
The minister additionally appealed that “politics be omitted of schooling”. “It’s our humble request. Schooling is our sacred responsibility in direction of our kids. Allow us to depart politics out of schooling and make our politics extra educated,” Nishank stated.