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Haryana School Curriculum is likely to include Religious Texts to emphasise on Moral Education

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said moral education would be introduced as a subject for students from class 6 to class 12

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  • The subject of moral education which includes religious texts from all religion
  • Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said moral education would be introduced as a subject for students from class 6 to class 12
  • The Haryana government had faced criticism last year when it announced to include texts from the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ in school curriculum

In the curriculum of Government schools of Haryana, text from the various religions will be included. The subject of moral education which includes religious texts from ‘Bhagavad Gita’ (Hindu religion), ‘Quran’ (Islam), the ‘Bible’ (Christianity) and ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ (Sikhism) will be introduced at a programme to be held in the Kurukshetra University auditorium on July 5.

Ram Vilas Paswan. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Ram Vilas Paswan. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said moral education would be introduced as a subject for students from class 6 to class 12.

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“All religions focus on character building. Texts such as Bhagavad Gita, Quran, the Bible and Guru Granth Sahib have been incorporated into the curriculum. Different textbooks would be prescribed for each class,” Mr Sharma said in a statement.

“The state government has prepared the curriculum in collaboration with social organisations and educationists.”

Mr Sharma held a meeting with senior officials of education and allied departments regarding preparations for the introduction of the subject on Saturday, July 1.

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The Haryana government had faced criticism last year when it announced to include texts from the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ in the school curriculum. The opposition Congress termed it an attempt to saffronize education.

Manohar Lal Khattar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Manohar Lal Khattar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The event to launch the texts in school curriculum will be attended by Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Dev Vrat, Gita scholar Swami Gyananand, Acharya Balkrishna from Patanjali Vidyapeeth and ministers from the centre and state government.

With Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, earlier RSS worker, Haryana has BJP government since October 2014. (IANS)

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  • Pragya Jha

    A good initiative by Haryana government to inculcate moral values in the students.

  • Aparna Gupta

    Its good to provide religious education in the schools. But there should be no partiality with any religion.

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PM Narendra Modi Launches Plan to Tackle Water Shortage in India

Modi Unveils Plan to Tackle Water Shortages in India's Heartland States

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched a 60-billion-rupee ($842 million) plan to tackle water shortages in the country’s seven heartland states where agriculture is a mainstay.

India, the world’s second-most populous country, faces the worst long-term water crisis in its history as demand outstrips supply, threatening farm output and overall economic growth in Asia’s third-largest economy.

Almost every sector of the $2.6 trillion economy is dependent on water, especially agriculture, which sustains two-thirds of India’s 1.3 billion people.

“Water shortages in the country not only affect individuals and families; the crisis also has an effect on India’s development,” Modi said. “We need to prepare the new India to deal with every single aspect of the crisis.”

The plan launched by Modi would help replenish ground water and boost overall availability in Rajasthan, Karnataka, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat states, which produce staples such as rice, wheat, sugar and oilseeds.

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The plan launched by Modi would help replenish ground water. Wikimedia Commons

India is the world’s leading producer of an array of farm goods, and nearly 60% of the irrigation for agriculture comes from ground water, mainly through electric water pumps. Subsidised electricity gives farmers an incentive to pump out more water, a key reason behind fast-depleting water tables in the vast country.

Supplying clean drinking water to millions of poor people and reviving moribund irrigation projects were a key part of Modi’s policies for India, where the monsoon accounts for nearly 70% of the annual rains needed to water farms and recharge aquifers and reservoirs.

Nearly half of India’s farmland, without any irrigation cover, depends on annual June-September rains to grow a number of crops.

Drinking water is also an issue, as about 200,000 Indians die every year due to inadequate access to safe water and 600 million face high to extreme water stress, according to the National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, a think tank chaired by Modi.

According to UK-based charity WaterAid, about 163 million people in India — roughly 12% of the population — do not have access to clean water close to home.

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Every summer water shortages tend to be more acute in large cities such as the capital New Delhi, Chennai — a car-making center dubbed “India’s Detroit”, and Bengaluru, the country’s software capital.

Modi also exhorted farmers to increasingly adopt drip and sprinkler irrigation and use water-management techniques as well as eschewing water-guzzling crops such as rice and sugar cane. (VOA)