Now Geeta, Ramayana and Yoga will be taught in madrasas

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NEW DELHI: The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), under the Ministry of Education, is going to introduce a new curriculum in 100 madrasas, taking ancient Indian knowledge and tradition to madrasas.

These courses are part of the New Education Policy. NIOS will start basic courses for classes 3, 5 and 8. NIOS has prepared about 15 courses in relation to the knowledge of ancient India. These include Vedas, Yoga, Science, Sanskrit language, Ramayana, Geeta and others. All these courses are similar to elementary education of Classes 3, 5 and 8.

On this, NIOS Chairman Saroj Sharma says, ‘We are starting this programme in 100 madrasas. In future, we will take it to 500 madrasas.”

Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Tuesday released the study material at the central headquarters of NIOS in Noida. He said, “India is a mine of ancient languages, science, art, culture and tradition. Now the country is ready to become a superpower in the field of knowledge by reviving its ancient tradition. We will extend the benefit of these courses to Madrasas and Indian society present in the world.”

NIOS is one of the two National Boards which conduct primary, secondary and senior secondary level courses through open and distance education.

Its yoga course material includes Patanjali Kritasutra, Yogasutra Exercise, Surya Namaskar, Asanas, Pranayama, Stress Relieving Exercises and Memory Enhancing Exercises.

Its science course has topics related to water, air, harvest and Vedas, sources of origin, earth and natural resources.

NIOS Assistant Director (Academic) Shoaib Raza Khan says that this course will be available to everyone. Students will be free to choose it under the open education system. It is not mandatory.

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