Dinanath Batra is man on a mission. His aim to Indianise education may have come under a lot of scrutiny and criticism, but the teacher turned activist will not give up. Batra who runs the Shiksha Bachao Andolan had recently written to the Prime Minister and the HRD ministry seeking a revision of the text books in school as there were many aspects in these books which had depicted wrongly, he had claimed.
While the government of India is setting up a commission on educational reforms, Batra says he will see what the government would do, but in the meantime he has gone ahead with setting up his own commission to give the correct picture to the Indian education system.
Batra tells rediff.com that the commission that he has set up is non-governmental. I am not waiting for central funds and will go about my job. There is an absolute need to study the ancient glory of our nation and hence teachings from the Vedas should be included in the text book.
We have not started this organisation so that it can run parallel to what the government is doing. It would basically study the entire system over a period of few years and then submit a report to the government. We have already begun working on this and we operate from an office in Delhi. The commission which is called the Non Governmental Education Commission has in all 31 members including me. We have highly educated persons in the commission who understand the need of a change in the education system. We will together analyse all aspects and suggests changes to be made in our text books. A report to this effect will be submitted to the Government of India. The basic idea would be to introduce a system of education which is rooted into India’s culture.
We have decided to work on this project on our own and will not approach the government for funds. We want to take education further and give the children the correct picture. There are already some universities which have effected a change in their education system with the introduction of Value education, integral humanism and also vedic math.
We would like to recommend to the government to introduce Vedas into our text books. I am aware of all the criticism by a certain quarter, but trust me it is important to have Vedas in our text books. The aim is not saffronise as has been portrayed by many. The aim is to educate and give the children the correct picture of India. I have always maintained that there is no harm and nothing wrong in children studying the history of India and in this regard I would think there is nothing wrong in including the Vedas into the text books as it is part of Indian culture and history.
Education is an important part of the system and hence it is wrong to teach our children distorted facts as is present today. We need to change that system and give the children the correct picture and hence the commission set up by us will look into all these aspects and recommend changes to the government.
We have so many greats in India whose names are not prominent in our text books. The lives and contributions of all the Indian greats should be made known to our children and hence I had sought a complete revision. What we want to do is suggest changes so that the society at large benefits and there would be proper value education in our country. While we want our children to have access to value education, I also want to make it clear that the intent is to educate and not saffronise the education system. We want to ensure that the education system is not worsened. There needs to be value education clubbed with modernisation also.