Prominent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Dinanath Batra wants wider role for educationists in any academic issues so that they are immune to bureaucratic and political interference.
In an exclusive interview with HT here on Saturday, Batra demanded setting up of an autonomous commission comprising educationists at Centre and state levels to evolve a comprehensive education policy for India adding that these commissions should not have any political representation to ensure fair academic assessment.
Batra, who is tipped to be the chairman of a committee to be formed to suggest changes in school education in Haryana, is also the national executive member of Vidya Bharti, the education wing of the RSS.
Batra denied that the Bharatiya Janata Party was trying to politicise education by pursuing RSS's agenda in the name of academic reforms and said that the he was struggling to phase out the books penned with biased 'content and intentions' against rich Indian traditions.
"Unfortunately, the political class has made the education sector a game of football where textbooks get changed as per the political ideology that attains power. But I am working hard for a policy shift where educationists play an all important role with no scope of bureaucrats and politicians," he said while emphasising on promoting native languages and cross-culture education at the school level.
Batra wants to redress distortions in the education system that crept in during the colonial era but have continued even after the country's Independence.
"Students are still being taught from the books marred by distortions about Indian freedom fighters. Biased historians wrote that beef eating and cow slaughter was practiced in ancient Indian culture. Hindi textbooks prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) contain abusive words but no one bothered to check such issues," said Batra.
The saffron activist said that he had already submitted a series of suggestions to the union human resource development ministry thrusting the need for starting education-centric services on UPSC's cadre pattern to raise an army of committed officials.
Under a defined mandate, he wants the universities to adopt 10 villages in their vicinity and ensure empowerment of socially and economically backward people and open cells to translate books into different languages.