As the Modi government faces the accusation of saffronising education, an RSS-backed body has pitched for including Ayurveda, Siddha and other indigenous medical systems in an “integrated syllabus” for medicine. It has also called for major changes in all fields of higher studies, ranging from social sciences to humanities, medicine and science and technology, besides introduction of value education so these can become a “differentiator” between “Bhartiya” and other education systems. The Hindu Education Board has suggested incorporating Indic traditions for science graduates in the curriculum in which “Bhartiya” languages should replace English as the dominant language. The proposals were made to the Ministry of Human Resource Development barely weeks after the Hindutva body held a conference, which was attended by its Minister Smriti Irani and her ministerial colleagues where RSS General Secretary Krishna Gopal had pitched for an overhaul of the education system with assimilation of Hindu thoughts. The Hindu Education Board’s proposals are full of references to ancient traditions and knowledge, which Hindutva groups allege were deliberately ignored by previous dispensations.
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