The Haryana government is all set to introduce lessons from the Gita and other spiritual texts in the school curriculum as part of the state’s moral education syllabus that will be started from July 1. The lessons will be delivered in classes 6-12. State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) director Dr Sneh Lata said, “We want to inculcate cultural and spiritual values in students”.
The lessons will be taught to students in government schools across the state as part of the new moral education curriculum which will come into effect as soon as schools will reopen in July. The district education departments have already started distributing newly-drafted books to several government schools.
The education department officials added that for gaining insight and conceptualising the topic, Sanskrit teachers have been provided the new books in advance. The introduction of Gita lessons is not something which is new in the course, as at present it is being reintroduced in the state after a gap of more than four years and intends to ensure moral values in the kids.
“We want to inculcate cultural and spiritual values in the students. There are a few shlokas from Bhagavad Gita. We have added the translations for the verses, making it easier for the students to understand Sanskrit. There are a lot of crucial life lessons which the students can learn from Gita,” SCERT director said.
As per sources in the education department, the officials had planned to include more portions of Gita in the syllabus. But after suggestions by an educationist, the portions were reduced to selected shlokas, accompanied with their meaning and significance. The book also covers benefits of yoga and life experiences of famous freedom fighters such as Chandrashekhar Azad and Udham Singh.
“The education department has also included prayers and information on other religions including Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism. We want the students to learn and understand moral values,” Dr Lata said.