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MHRD asks NCERT to reduce syllabus in the coming 2-3 years
According to a press release from the MHRD, the content of the NCERT textbooks will be made lighter in the coming two to three years as it has been felt that "plenty of information is not education and students are not just a data bank" by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, after wide range of consultation with different stakeholders in school education.

At a media briefing in New Delhi on February 26, Javadekar said that the idea to have quality education in the country emerged predominantly from the six workshops held by the Ministry as well as high level meetings with state education officials in which a large number of NGOs, education experts, state government officers, headmasters and many teachers took part, stated the release.

According to Javadekar, the main aim of education is to bring out a good human being and the need of the hour is to inculcate values, life skills, experiential learning and physical fitness in daily life of students.

He was of the view that the purpose of reducing the content burden was to make students learn the basic principles of various subjects so as shift the emphasis and teach them how to interpret and analyze for students' overall personality development.

Accordingly, the NCERT has been asked to evaluate the present curriculum and decide what can be done away with and what can be retained by inviting suggestions and completing the process in the coming few months before rewriting the textbooks, Javadekar informed the media.

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