Buddha’s teachings will be taught in all schools: HRD Minister

By: Admin 13 May, 2017

On the occasion of Buddha Jayanti in an event organised by the Cultural Ministry on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar made the announcement that all NCERT Books will soon have Gautama Buddha’s teachings.

 

Highlights
  • Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, at an event organised by the Cultural Ministry on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti, highlighted the significance of Buddha’s teachings.   

  • He said that the teachings of Buddha will soon be included in NCERT textbooks and school curriculum.

  • He will ensure that Buddha's teachings reached students at all levels - primary, middle and higher.

  • This step has been taken so that education is achieved in a "complete sense" and not just for employment. “The real aim of education is to prepare a good human being”.

While highlighting the significance of Gautam Buddha's teachings in the present day scenario, all the school students will soon start reading about the Mahatma's ‘ideas of life’. The Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said that the teachings of Buddha will soon be included in NCERT textbooks and school curriculum.

"Politics gives us resources to live life but a Mahatma like Buddha teaches us 'why to live' and 'how to live' so it is important to include him in our education system," Javadekar said in a recent PTI report.   "Teachings of Gautama Buddha are ideas of life (Jeevan ke Vichar). We will definitely include Buddha in our curriculum, as his teachings give a right direction to life," he added.

Moreover, the minister said he will ensure that Buddha's teachings reached students at all levels - primary, middle and higher. his step has been taken so that education is achieved in a "complete sense" and not just for employment. During the event, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said, "Buddha's messages are relevant even today as they were at that time. His vision was scientific."

Javadekar reiterated that giving knowledge and job skills to students was not education in itself, but just a part of it. "The real aim of education is to prepare a good human being," he concluded.

 

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