The new syllabus of history drafted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) is being questioned. The commission is preparing a new syllabus for graduation. For which a draft was prepared and feedback was sought from the people on the website till 28 February. But many people have raised questions on the draft prepared by the commission, saying that there is an attempt to make saffronisation in the syllabus on behalf of the commission.
Experts say that this is the first time that the higher education regulator is trying to prepare a full course of history instead of issuing general guidelines. It is to be noted that in the syllabus prepared by the UGC, only 20 to 30 percent change will be done by the university. According to the new draft syllabus, the ‘Idea of India’ will now be taught in the first paper of History (Honors) at the University of Delhi.
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Students and teachers have alleged that the new syllabus attempts to diminish the importance of Muslim rule and infuse many myths associated with the Vedic period and Hindu religious texts. Religious literature like Vedas, Upanishads have been given a place in the syllabus.
The third paper of the draft syllabus describes the Indus-Saraswati civilization in ancient history. The reasons for his downfall are mentioned. However, the river Saraswati is mentioned in the Vedas, but its interpretation has been disputed in history.
The 12th paper titled “Cultural Heritage of India” covers topics such as “Tradition of cultural heritage associated with Ramayana and Mahabharata”. The students have alleged that the term invader in the new syllabus has been used only in front of Muslim rulers. The East India Company has also not been described as an aggressor.