Campaign to Tarnish Nehru's Image: Assam Congress on HS Syllabus Change
GUWAHATI: The Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly, Debabrata Saikia today urged Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal to instruct the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) to retain certain chapters pertaining to the policies and contribution of India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, which the Council has decided to drop from the curriculum for Class-XI and Class-XII in view of academic sessions curtailed due to the Covid-19 pandem
Saikia welcomed the move to reduce the syllabus to lessen the workload of students. However, the Leader of the Opposition mentioned that everyone had noticed a concerted campaign by a certain section over the past few years to tarnish the image of Pandit Nehru and negate his contribution to the nation. There is ground to suspect that this force is behind the AHSEC’s decision to drop chapters about Pandit Nehru from the curriculum, Saikia said.
He suggested that the AHSEC be directed to drop some other chapters and retain those mentioned in the letter.
Earlier, the lessons on former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s term, the Mandal Commission report, and the 2002 Gujarat riots had been dropped from the Class 12 syllabus of the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC).
The decision was taken as part of the 30 percent reduction in syllabus that was undertaken due to the loss in academic time owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The revised syllabus has been uploaded on the official website of AHSEC.
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