Ram’s ‘engineering skills’ will be part of Madhya Pradesh program
The students of the first year courses at colleges in Madhya Pradesh will have epics like Mahabharata, Ramcharitmanas, in addition to yoga and meditation as part of their new curriculum, which was introduced in accordance with the new education policy , 2020.
According to the new program, to come into effect from this academic session, the “applied philosophy of Shri Ramcharitmanas” has been introduced as an optional subject in the arts stream. In the Basic English course, the preface to Mahabharata by C Rajagopalchari will be taught to first-year students. Besides English and Hindi, yoga and meditation have also been introduced as a third core course, which includes “Om Dhyan” and mantra recitation as part of the program, officials from the department said. state education.
The subject chapters “The Applied Philosophy of Shri Ramcharitmanas” will include such topics as “Spirituality and Religion in the Deep Sources of Indian Culture”; “Four ages in the Vedas, Upanishads and Purans”; “Difference between the Ramayana and Shri Ramcharitmans”; and ‘the embodiment of divine existence’.
According to the revised curriculum, the subject will also teach personality development and strong character and include such subjects as “the ability to support divine qualities and the sign of a higher personality”; and “the highest qualities of human personality, including Shri Ram’s obedience to his father and his extreme devotion”.
Students will also learn the ‘engineering qualities’ of Lord Ram through a subject called ‘The construction of the Ram Setu Bridge as a unique example of engineering by Lord Ram’.
Besides Ramcharitmanas, there are 24 electives, including those on Urdu songs from Madhya Pradesh and the Urdu language.
Madhya Pradesh Higher Education Minister Mohan Yadav said these topics and topics have been included to teach students “values of life” and to “develop their personalities”.
“We are learning a lot from Ramcharitmanas and the Mahabharata. Students will be inspired by it to live a life with dignity and values. Now we just don’t want to educate the students, but we want to develop them as great human beings, ”Yadav said.
However, several experts and educators said that instead of introducing or favoring characters and books from one religion, the higher education department should include all religions in the curriculum to have more informed students.
“It is nothing more than an attempt to show the supremacy of a particular religion. They should not mix education and religion. If they want to teach religion and religious figures, they should teach all religions to dispel misconceptions about any religion, ”said Narendra Dhakad, former vice-chancellor DAV Indore.
Opposition parties have also attacked the state government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for imposing their ideology on the program.
“We have no problem with teaching Mahabharata, Geeta and Ramcharitmans, but they should also include the Bible, Quran and Guru Granth Sahib in the curriculum to develop community harmony among students. But they won’t, because it doesn’t suit their ideology, ”said congressional lawmaker PC Sharma.
After remaining closed for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, universities and colleges in Madhya Pradesh will reopen with 50% attendance from September 15, an official said on Saturday. The state has at least 1,400 colleges and 56 universities with nearly 1.35 million students, of which 200,000 are newer, the official added.
This is not the first time that mythology has been included in the curriculum. The state government announced in 2011 that it would teach Geeta to schoolchildren, but after facing opposition from various corners, the decision was withdrawn.