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Students to learn about Uttarakhand culture under govt school curriculum from next year

Private schools may not be teaching students about Uttarakhand’s rich culture and history, but students of government schools will learn about them from 2018-19 academic session

dehradun Updated: Oct 27, 2017 20:44 IST
Nihi Sharma
A book will be introduced in the state-run schools on the hill state’s culture, folk music, dance, food, language, geography and eminent agitationists.
A book will be introduced in the state-run schools on the hill state’s culture, folk music, dance, food, language, geography and eminent agitationists. (HT File Photo)

Private schools may not be teaching students about Uttarakhand’s rich culture and history, but students of government schools will learn about them from 2018-19 academic session.

In one of its kind initiative, the government is gearing up to introduce one book on the hill state’s culture, folk, music, traditions, dance, food, language, geography, history and eminent agitationists and leaders as a part of school curriculum.

While introduction of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books will be done from the upcoming session for grades 1-8, there will be a separate book in one of the grades to take students on a tour to the hill state.

“NCERT does not provide state specific books. So, we are working on the proposal of a separate book that will envisage all information about Uttarakhand to be introduced in schools,” Alok Shekhar Tiwari, director general of school education, told Hindustan Times.

State schools are following State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) books that are framed and revised at state level-on the lines of NCERT.

But, the BJP government has decided to shun SCERT books and engage NCERT books that are competitive in nature.

For this, officers are busy fianlising Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NCERT authorities where copyrights would be taken to publish the books in state.

“The books would be apolitical aiming and featuring about information which are generally known by the students. Understanding the distribution of communities, forest cover, wildlife, rivers, religious places, folk and others,” said RK Kunwar, director school education.

Adding on, he said the books would, however, feature about the general component of the ruling government, constituencies and ministries.

The format of the book is being currently worked upon. Sources say there will be at least one book that will be introduced in one of the grades, depending on the remaining subjects.

“The book won’t add on to the subjects, but it would be an informative style of curriculum that could have an aptitude test instead of written,” Tiwari added.