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Historians will be free to select history content: NCERT chief | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Assuring that professional historians will decide content of text books without any interference from his side, new NCERT director Professor Dinesh Prasad Saklani said work on the national curriculum framework for school textbooks was on schedule.
On claims that the current history textbooks glorify Mughal rulers, he said: “I will invite professional historians and they will look into it. I will not intervene or dictate terms. Whatever they decide, will be followed. ”
Speaking to TOI, Saklani, who took charge as the director on Monday, said: “The first priority is the NEP, work on which is going on. The steering committee for framing the NCFS has been constituted by the government. I have been briefed by the curriculum department that it is going well and we plan to complete it within the lime limit.
He said school school curriculum should emphasise a balance between modern technology and traditional knowledge. “From the beginning harmony with nature has been at the core of our country’s philosophy and progress. Nature has nourished us and all our traditional knowledge is dependent on nature, be it the medicinal system, animal hus- bandry or farming. So we have to look at traditional knowledge in a holistic way — our way of living, food habits or livelihood. Modern technology is equally important, but there should be a b alance of both. While we should adopt the modern, the traditional which has supported our civilisation for thousands of years cannot be ignored. ”
“In order to implement the NEP we also need to reenergise NCERT. We have faculty crunch with more than 50% of the positions in the National Institute of Education and Regional Institute of Education lying vacant. There are some problems which need to be tackled,” Saklani said.

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