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Nothing Of This Sort Has Happened: Union Minister Pradhan On `Deletion' Of Darwin From Textbooks

After the controversy broke out, he spoke to the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) which is an autonomous body and sought details, Pradhan said.

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
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Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday sought to assuage fears about `deletion' of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution from NCERT textbooks and said that "nothing of this sort has happened." He was speaking at an event at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute here.

"A controversy is going on these days that Darwin's theory of evolution has been removed from science books by the NCERT and the periodic table has been left out, but I would like to state here publicly that nothing of this sort has happened," he said.

After the controversy broke out, he spoke to the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) which is an autonomous body and sought details, Pradhan said.

"According to them, experts had advised that during COVID-19, some repetitive parts could be reduced and later brought back. So the content in Classes 8 and 9 is unchanged. In the book of Class 10, some portion related to the theory of evolution was omitted last year, and it is unchanged in Classes 11 and 12," he said.

There is a view that the students who would not study science after Class 10 would miss out on some specific subjects related to Darwin's theory of evolution, which is a valid point, the minister conceded. 

"Periodic table is taught in Class 9, and is also being taught in Classes 11 and 12. As per the NCERT, one or two examples (related to the theory of evolution) were omitted. But I would like to assure you that the National Education Policy is being implemented, and as per that policy, new textbooks are being prepared," Pradhan added.

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