Founder of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-backed Shiksha Bachao Andolan Dinanath Batra on Friday said he was trying to saffronise not only Haryana but the entire nation.
“However, saffronisation should not be associated with religion, but values. I am the one who would raise his hand to say that let the entire nation be saffronised,’’ said Batra, while speaking at the sidelines of a state-level consultative meeting on the new education policy.
The RSS educationist who has been entrusted with the task of authoring moral education books by the BJP government in Haryana has remained a controversial figure for his outlandish teachings and views. His books were made compulsory read in Gujarat schools, a charge now denied by him. “Textbooks authored by me are not taught in Gujarat,’’ he said.
BOOKS ON MORAL EDUCATION
Batra, who has penned seven books on moral education for the Haryana government, when asked whether he was open to the idea of incorporating the tenets drawn from religious scriptures such as Bible, Quran and Guru Granth Sahib besides Gita, said his books on moral education contained quotes from Jainism, Christianity and Quran.
The RSS educationist when asked on the need of having a more secular outlook said secular does not mean “dharm nirpeksh”. It means “sarv mat adar bhav” (respect for the views and beliefs of others), he said.
Batra said he does not profess entry of politics in education. The controversial educationist said he was of the view that subjects and disciplines should be integrated for overall development of students. “Students of humanities should also be taught science,’’ he said.
‘KNOWLEDGE IS LIMITLESS’
Speaking at the meeting, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that views of Batra were often misconstrued and he has to subsequently suffer a lot. “If something virtuous can be taken form Gita, we will teach it. We will also extract value based things from other sacred texts and introduce them in school curriculum. Knowledge is limitless,’’ Khattar said.
‘NEED TO TRANSFORM EDUCATION SYSTEM’
He also emphasised the need for transformation of education system by developing an integrated system for coordination between government and private educational institution to enhance access and quality of education. Khattar said Haryana was the first state to upload the final draft of policy on higher education on website. The draft policy on primary education had already been uploaded by the state government.
Referring to education system in private and public sector, the CM said a study revealed that importance of private sector in primary education has increased. Though, government primary schools have majority in terms of infrastructure as compared to private schools yet private ones attracts more students. “We have to change this trend by way of making better coordination among government and private schools,” he said. He also expressed concern over two roles performed by private sector in higher education. On the one hand there are institutes that are imparting quality education and on the other side some are merely issuing certificates after getting affiliation, he added.
NO PROFIT, NO LOSS
Expressing concern about increasing cost of education, the CM suggested that provision of “no profit, no loss” should be introduced in private education in the larger interest of society. The CM said the state government would also establish an education university for improving the quality of existing pre-service teacher education in the state.