Apart from learning the verses of Gita and holy books of various other religions, the school students of Haryana would have to now read about the Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee and freedom fighter Veer Savarkar under moral education subject. The State Education Minister Rambilas Sharma, while addressing the Press Trust of India on changing the syllabus for Class 6 to 12 said that he had been an active member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), where moral education is taught for personality development and it plays a vital role in shaping the education in children.
Sharma didn’t stopped here and further stated that, “The state education department is going to add moral education syllabus including some part of religious holy books such as Bhagvad Gita, Quran and books on Buddhism, Christianity.. on freedom fighters, Syama Prashad Mookerjee, Veer Savarkar, Chandrasekhar Azad, Udham Singh, Bhagat Singh etc. They will be taught importance of the sun in life for personality development and moral duties so that they grow up as well-matured citizens and have a feeling of nationalism and patriotism.”
The BJP government is in the point of debate for trying to saffronize education in the state by introducing Gita lessons and Hindutva mascots like Mookerjee and Savarkar in the school curriculum. The latest decision of the Haryana government would further add fuel to the controversy and could face flak from the opposition.
Sharma further stated, “We have already distributed newly drafted books in all government schools and this will be started in all government, private and public schools as a part of Haryana Education Department and Board syllabus from July1, 2016 after the reopening of schools.” The books have been sent to the teachers as well so that they could go through the new books during the vacation and come prepared while teaching the same to the students. The formal announcement of the change would be done on 5 July, 2016 by union HRD minister Smriti Irani in a programme named, ‘The importance of moral education in student’s life’ at Kurukshetra University.