There are many students from the Northeast, who study in the different parts of the country and complain of social discrimination and alienation. This problem could be alleviated to quite an extent by making the youngsters aware about their life and culture. Now how to make the students aware?
In an effort to woo the Northeastern states, the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has proposed to prepare textbooks on the culture and life of the eight Northeastern states. The books will be prescribed as supplementary reading for school students. However, the NCERT is yet to figure out which classes they will be tailored for.
Taking a cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effort of Social Integration, the decision for the same was taken at a meeting of NCERT Executive Committee held on April 12, chaired by HRD Minister Smriti Irani. The books are expected to be out in a year.
During the visit of PM Modi to Sikkim earlier this year, he laid emphasis over the expansion of organic farming across the country as part of efforts to transform the agriculture sector entailing better remuneration for the farmers. In lieu of the same, the Sikkim government has requested NCERT to develop reading material on organic farming. The NCERT has given nod even to the another focus area of the NDA-II government.
NCERT, an autonomous organization under the Union HRD Ministry, is mandated to advise the central and state governments on school education, especially matters related to school curriculum. Its textbooks are prescribed by all private schools affiliated to CBSE and government schools.