From Times Of India
MP Board decides to include Gita in high school course
At a meeting of the Pathyacharya Samiti, the committee that decides the curriculum, chaired by Kedar Sharma, secretary of the Board, finalised the textbooks of government schools for the next academic session. It passed a resolution on the inclusion of verses from the Gita and its teachings and philosophy in the school curriculum, a release from the Board informed here today.
The teachings of Gita would be incorporated in the Hindi syllabus in the form of essays on workmanship, art of living, unification of the mind, Gita and swadharma among others.
The move has already been seen as an attempt to saffronise education in the state. Last year, the government made it mandatory for students to recite bhojan mantra before having mid-day meals.
Recently in August, the state government's decision to make students of over 83,000 primary schools read Devputra, a children's magazine published by Saraswati Bal Kalyan Nyas brought the government under scanner again. The Trust which brings out the magazine is headed by Krishna Kumar Asthana who is a senior RSS functionary in-charge of its activities in the Malwa region.
The Congress had spewed fire over the move of sending the magazine to primary schools which was apparently aimed at teaching the RSS ideology to the young students.
Along with the Gita verses, practical knowledge on farming and agriculture, revenue land records, ill effects of alcohol and narcotics and RBI initiative on financial education would also be imparted in the school text books, the press release of the Board informed further.
The committee has also recommended inclusion of practical knowledge of farming and agriculture in the ninth and tenth standard science, social science and math subjects.