Hyderabad: A news article by a renowned media house claimed that as part of the new education policy, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is introducing Gita and Ramayana courses in madrasas. The NIOS, an autonomous institute under the education ministry, will start a basic course for classes 3, 5, and 8, the report said.
According to the report, NIOS has prepared 15 courses on the 'Bharatiya Jnana Parampara' that includes Veda, yoga, science, vocational skills, Sanskrit language, Ramayan epic narratives, Bhagavad Gita teachings, and the Panini – propounded Maheshwara sutras, among others.
The claim that NIOS is taking Gita and Ramayana to madrasas is MISLEADING.
Though it is true that NIOS is introducing new courses on Indian traditional knowledge, these courses are offered to learners without any fixed subject combinations. It is at the discretion of the learner to opt for any subject combination from the bouquet of subjects provided by NIOS.
According to the news article published by NDTV, the Union ministry of education has clarified that the report "distorted facts, has misrepresented the truth and seems to be of malicious intent".
PIB has also debunked the claim,
Therefore, the claim that NIOS is introducing Gita and Ramayana in madrasas is MISLEADING.