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'NCERT should delete reference to Jats'

Instructions will be sent to schools to leave out the objectionable parts till the new books comes, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 22:56 IST

The HRD ministry on Monday decided to instruct the National Council for Education, Research and Training (NCERT) to delete objectionable reference to Jats and other communities from its textbooks.

HRD minister Arjun Singh had on Sunday assured a delegation of Jats led by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda that the objectionable remarks against the Jat community in NCERT books would be deleted soon.

Acting the assurance, Singh on Monday evening issued orders for deleting the objectionable references. In the history textbooks, Jat warriors were described as looters and there were some other derogatory remarks against Sikh leaders and Jain community in the textbooks.

HRD ministry officials said that the objectionable references will be deleted or revised with immediate effect. The students will get the revised version of the textbooks soon.

In the meantime, the schools will be instructed to avoid teaching the controversial references to the students till the revised books are made available by NCERT. The Central Board of Secondary Education has been advised accordingly.

While thanking the HRD minister for quick action, Hooda said that necessary guidelines should be issued to the concerned departments to ensure that there is no publication of the references in any textbooks.

In case there were similar objectionable remarks against any other community, these too would be deleted from the books, he said in a statement issued Monday. Hooda had called on Singh to apprise him about resentment in the Jat community against publication of derogatory remarks and urged him to get them expunged from the NCERT books.

Arjun Singh also assured the delegation that care would be taken in future that no such objectionable remarks are printed against any community or section of society in the textbooks, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the ministry has given a month’s extension to Yash Pal committee to submit its report on Hindi textbooks.

Number of MPs in the monsoon session of Parliament had objected to the language used in the NCERT Hindi textbooks.

In first week of September, Singh had constituted a committee under Yash Pal to examine the books and had asked them to submit its recommendations in a month’s time.

First Published: Oct 23, 2006 22:56 IST