Karnataka educators have expressed concern about some proposals submitted by the state government to the Center as summary documents for inputs to be included in the curriculum framework and in the state program under the National Education Policy (NEP). Each state must upload their own summary documents to the NCERT website.
Speaking of the reference to Newton’s gravity apple and Pythagorean theorem as “fake news” in one of the position papers, Madan Gopal, chair of the NEP implementation task force in the state, said: “This is the Interpretation of the group. Gravity and Pythagoras have roots in Vedic mathematics. This is an Indian-centered approach. There is a lot of information about this on Google. For example, Baudhayan is believed to have been lying down. Pythagorean theorem in the Vedic texts. This is a point of view. You may or may not agree with it. ”
The state had formed 26 committees to prepare summary papers on school education. These included Knowledge of India, among others.
According to sources, meetings to review some position papers have witnessed heated discussions. Several problematic points were raised in the position paper on knowledge of India, which is recommended as a compulsory subject. Rejecting the objections, Madan Gopal said: “This document was prepared under the chairmanship of an eminent IIT professor. It has been checked and accepted by the state government. ”The committee was headed by V Ramanathan of the IIT (BHU), Varanasi.
Complaining the current education system, the document attributes it to “policies at both the state and central levels which, under the guise of secularization, have systematically introduced our impressionable minds into the zone of uprooting and ignorance of the achievements of their own ancestors” .
“In the land of thousands of languages, at least three languages must be taught: the regional language, English and another Bharatiya language, preferably Sanskrit,” reads the newspaper.
The document stressed that much of Smrti literature “has been relegated to obscurity or banned due to incomplete and poor understanding of their ethics and content.” He said: “For example, even though Manusmirti contains high ideals of public and social good, he has become controversial to the point that his very name solicits unwarranted complaints from a part of our society.”