The National Institute of Open Schooling will introduce its new curriculum on ancient Indian knowledge and heritage at 100 madarassas as part of the National Education Policy. The NIOS, an autonomous institute under the education ministry, will start a basic course for classes 3, 5 and 8. “We are starting with 100 madarsas and will extend the programme to 500 in future,” NIOS chairman Saroj Sharma said. NIOS has prepared 15 courses on the ‘Bharatiya Jnana Parampara’ (Indian knowledge tradition) that includes veda, yoga, science, vocational skills, Sanskrit language, Ramayan epic narratives, Bhagvad Gita teachings and the Panini-propounded Maheshwara Sutras, among others. These courses are equivalent to classes 3, 5 and 8 of elementary education.
NIOS to include the Gita & Ramayan in its curriculum
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