25 October, 2020

History, Vacuum-Cleaned

After NCERT textbooks, Joshi now eyes higher education. And his ideas man is D.N. Batra.

Jitender Gupta
History, Vacuum-Cleaned
Murli Manohar Joshi is a minister with a mission. And he gets most of his ideas from the RSS-run Vidya Bharati network of schools and colleges. Today, Vidya Bharati is the most influential organisation in the field of education—its clout can be gauged from the fact that it has held as many as 100 seminars on the proposed new curriculum for schools and suggested most of the controversial changes introduced by the NCERT. The man behind it all is Dina Nath Batra, general secretary of the Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan. Batra makes no secret of his proximity to the HRD minister. "I told Joshiji, 'You are moving too slowly. You must move faster'."

According to HRD ministry insiders, Joshi and Batra work like a team with the latter playing the ideas man. And their plans are not limited to tinkering with some history paragraphs and rewriting school textbooks. There are grand plans to overhaul higher education as well and make some dramatic and controversial changes in the teaching of the sciences. Many of these proposals about university-level education were made...


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