Minister of State (HRD), Upendra Kushwaha today gave written reply to a Rajya Sabha question stating that content related to ' Bhagavad Gita' is already included in the National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT)'s Class XII Sanskrit text book, namely, Shashwati, Part-II (Chapter IV: Karma Gauravam) since 2007-08.
Kushwaha further said that, "the National Curriculum Framework-2005 brought out by NCERT states that to strengthen our cultural heritage and national identity, the curriculum should enable the younger generation to reinterpret and re-evaluate the part with reference to new priorities and emerging outlooks of a changing societal context".
The document further stated that the cultural diversity of this land should continue to be treasured as our special attribute.
However, education, being a subject in the Concurrent List of the Constitution, and the majority of schools being under the jurisdiction of the State Governments, it is within the ambit of the States/ Union Territories to decide about the subjects to be taught in their schools keeping in view the National Curriculum Framework (NCF).
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