Now, Shankaracharya to be part of school syllabus in MP
Lessons based on the life and contributions of the 8th century philosopher and theologian Adi Shankracharya will be included in the educational curricula for schools in Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made the announcement on Monday at a programme organised to mark the birth anniversary of Adi Shankracharya in Bhopal.
Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi of Kanchi peeth attended the function.
Apart from syllabus, research work will also be carried out to collect all the historical things related to Adi Shankracharya.
The CM also announced that a big statue of Shankracharya will be erected at Omkareshwar. A museum and interpretation centre will also be set up at Omkareshwar.
On the occasion, the department of culture of MP also released a book on Adi Shankracharya.
The book included a list of announcements related to Adi Shankracharya, made by Shivraj Singh Chouhan during Narmada Seva Yatra at Omkareshwar on February 9.
According to Madhya Pradesh’s culture department, the basic objective of including the preaching of Shankracharya in syllabus is to eradicate the social evil and caste discrimination from the society.
Department of culture, principal secretary Manoj Shrivastava said, “With syllabus in school education, we want administrators to follow the teachings of Shankracharya while taking administrative decisions.”
However, opposition party feels that BJP-led state government is making such announcement for a political mileage.
Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee, spokesperson KK Mishra said, “Congress respects the preaching of Adi Shankracharya but BJP led state government is trying to gather support through religion and faith for 2018 assembly election as the government failed in developing the state. Why was the decision of Narmad Seva Yatra and including life and teachings of Adi Shankracharya in the curriculum not taken in the past 13 years?”