Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education will replace the chapter on artist M.F. Hussain by painters Sobha Singh and Nicholas Roerich in school books in the state from the ensuing academic session, 2010-2011.
"We have decided to drop the chapter on MF Hussain in the NCERT (National Council for Education Research and Training) Hindi book taught to class XI students as Hussain has nothing to inspire students in Himachal," chairman of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education chairman, Chaman Lal Gupta told Hindustan Times.
The decision to introduce chapter on Sobha Singh and Nicholas Roerich was taken by the Board at its meeting Wednesday. "Both these painters had a great association with Himachal. They could play an important role to ignite the young minds,'' Gupta said.
He said compared with this, Hussain's chapter was totally irrelevant. ``It simply talked about his biography and even the language used in the chapter did not match the hindi standards taught to class XI students in the state,'' he said.
The Board chairman said the students are a captive audience and they are to be taught something that enriches them meaningfully.
The Board had proposed to remove Hussain's chapter from class XI text books last year. But by that, the text books had already been printed.
The proposal was taken positively in the state, with a sizeable number of people supporting the Board's move.
Later, the Board had taken up with NCERT about its proposal to replace chapter on Hussain from class XI syllabus with Sobha Singh and Roreich repeatedly over last year, citing reasons.
But there was no response from NCERT.
"The Board has gone ahead has made changes in the NCERT prescribed book as per NCERT guidelines. Every state has a right to change up to 20 percent of the content of NCERT books, so there is nothing wrong in this regard,'' Gupta said.
One of the great Indian artists of the 20th century, Sobha Singh was born on Nov 29, 1901, in Punjab.
After the partition, Sobha Singh set up his studio at Andretta, located in foothills of the majestic Dhauladhar ranges in the picturesque Kangra valley. His focus was Sikh gurus and their life and work.
Nicholas Roerich was a Russian painter, philosopher, scientist, writer and traveller, who set up his base near Kullu in 1928 where lived the last period of his life.