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Govt sets up panel on textbooks

August 30, 2006 20:13 IST

Caught in a controversy over distortions in NCERT school textbooks, Government has set up a committee headed by eminent educationist and former UGC Chairman Yashpal to go into contents of the books.

The six-member committee has been set up "in view of the misgivings expressed in both Houses of Parliament regarding the contents of the textbooks in Hindi published by the NCERT," an official release said on Wednesday.

The committee would review the relevant Hindi textbooks in the light of the objections raised and recommend any improvements or revisions that may be considered necessary, it said.

It has been asked to give its report by September 30.

Besides Yashpal, other members of the committee are Mrinal Miri, Chairman of National Monitoring Committee, Nirmala Deshpandey, MP, Krishan Sobti, eminent Hindi writer, U R Ananthamurthy, eminent Kannada writer and Ashok Vajpeyi, former Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University.

Both Houses of Parliament were rocked recently over the issue with members alleging distortions in the books portraying patriots and certain castes in bad light.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Suresh Pachouri had assured members in the Rajya Sabha that an inquiry would be carried out into the matter.

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