'Rationalisation Of NCERT Books Justified' Says UGC Chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar
In a recent statement, M Jagadesh Kumar, the Chairperson of the University Grants Commission (UGC), expressed criticism towards a group of academicians who have distanced themselves from the recent rationalization of NCERT books, particularly the Political Science textbook. Kumar defended the rationalization of NCERT books, stating that it was entirely justified and suggested that the dissenting group had motives other than academic concerns for their criticism. He emphasized that the recent modifications to the textbooks were not the only changes made, as NCERT has been periodically revising its textbooks in the past. The UGC Chief stated that the rationalization of textbook contents by NCERT was based on feedback and suggestions from various stakeholders.
Kumar also mentioned that NCERT is currently developing a new set of textbooks in accordance with the National Curriculum Framework for School Education. He clarified that the ongoing rationalization process is a temporary phase, dismissing the criticism from the dissenting academicians as baseless. Interestingly, more than 1000 academicians, as reported by the Indian Express, have supported the comments made by the Chairperson of the UGC. Additionally, the chairpersons and directors of NIT and IIM have issued letters in support of Kumar's stance. These academicians who support the rationalization move have labeled the dissenting members as "arrogant and self-interested individuals who aim to obstruct the implementation of NEP 2020."
This statement from the supporters of the rationalization comes in response to the request made by 33 members of the Political Science textbooks committee, who asked the council to remove their names from the rationalization process. However, the NCERT responded by posting an official statement on its website, clearly stating that the rationalization of textbooks is an ongoing exercise and that removing the names of contributors was not an option. It is worth noting that the statement on the website was not signed.