After a twitter storm that got attention from National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) official, it has said that the Northeast region already finds “adequate space” in its publication.
Taking to Twitter, the government organization released series of tweets, the official handle said, ” depiction of North East in NCERT’s Publication: A book on North East India – People, History and Culture has been brought out in 2016.” It added that “the Social Science Textbooks of NCERT for classes VI, VII, X and XII have interwoven contents related to North East in a different form.”
1. Depiction of North East in NCERT’s Publication: A book on North East India – People, History and Culture has been brought out in 2016. @EduMinOfIndia @DrRPNishank @SanjayDhotreMP @ssrivastava66 @ap_behera @KVS_HQ @CommissionerNVS @cbseindia29 @niostwit
— NCERT (@ncert) June 5, 2021
“At present, contents with regard to North-Eastern states finds adequate space in NCERT’s publications for its use by students & teachers,” said the thread, which tagged the official handles of the Ministry of Education, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the Union Education Minister, among others.
Earlier on June 4, students from this part of India started a virtual campaign seeking a chapter for the Northeast. Even public personalities like Sashi Tharoor, Hima Das, MP Gaurav Gogoi demanded a mandatory chapter on the history, people, culture of Northeast India.
There is absolutely no doubt that the #NorthEastMatters. It's essential that a chapter on the NorthEast is included in the NCERT syllabus.
We must know our own country better. pic.twitter.com/xeP4KRkl8O
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) June 4, 2021
As a proud citizen of India, I want our textbooks to include all its colours and glory. So I request concerned authorities to include a chapter about NE in @ncert syllabus. #AchapterforNE #NortheastMatters @EduMinOfIndia pic.twitter.com/LLNJxsTsPz
— Hima (mon jai) (@HimaDas8) June 4, 2021
An issue which is really close to my heart. Education has to be learning the beauty of diversity in India. The contribution of NorthEast India to our history, politics and culture is immense. About time for a chapter about NE in @ncert syllabus. #AchapterforNE #NortheastMatters
— Gaurav Gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) June 4, 2021
In 2017, the NCERT published ‘North East India — People, History and Culture’, a supplementary textbook for students from Class 9 to 12.
As per the reports, the organisers of the Twitter storm are now going to write a memorandum to the Education Ministry in consultation with professors and intellectuals from the region.