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  • Success story of Bihar's Sudha cooperative finds place in NCERT book June 10, 2014

    The success story of Bihar's Sudha milk cooperative, which markets its products under the label "Sudha Dairy", has found place in the NCERT textbooks, officials on Tuesday said. Bihar State Cooperative Milk Producers' Federation (COMPFED) managing director Harjot Kaur said Sudha's success story has been published by the National Council of...
  • NCERT, other pirated books seized, six arrested August 13, 2013

    The Patna police on Tuesday seized pirated books of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and those of famous writers. Six persons in connection with the fraud have also been arrested. Acting on a tip off, the police raided a house under Bypass police station and seized the books...
  • News briefs: Jaipur-based VSM files FIR against NCERT for distorting facts August 1, 2013

    The Jaipur-based Vipra Swabhiman Mahasangh (VSM) has filed a police complaint against National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for allegedly misrepresenting historical facts in its Class 12 textbooks. The Mahasangh alleges that the distorted facts in the history textbooks are derogatory to a certain community. The FIR mentions...
  • News briefs: Jaipur gets country’s first textile park July 26, 2013

    The first textile park of India has been set up in Jaipur. The park is an initiative of the ministry of Textile and SITP scheme. A common influent treatment plant has also been set up in the park for recycling of the fountain water. Workshops, seminars, training programs, black print, skill development,...
  • Delhi: 2 dead, 50 fall ill after drinking contaminated water June 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Two died and over 50 people fell ill on Tuesday due to suspected water contamination in an underground reservoir in a South Delhi colony. The residents of the NCERT colony have been admitted to private hospitals after they complained of severe stomach infection. The Central Public Works Department...
  • Delhi: 40 people fall ill after consuming drinking water June 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Over 40 people fell ill on Tuesday after consuming drinking water supplied by Delhi Jal Board in a South Delhi locality. Education Minister Kiran Walia, after visiting the NCERT colony in Adhchini area, asked NCERT director to bear medical expenses of all affected persons admitted in a number...
  • Assam school student writes to PM seeking clarification June 5, 2013

    Guwahati: A government school student in Guwahati has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding a clarification on a sentence in a NCERT book which says that tourism in the North East has not been encouraged due to 'strategic reasons'. The NCERT geography textbook for tenth standard in...
  • Pakistan wants India's help in training its teachers April 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Pakistan has asked India to present it with methods of teachers' training and research materials of various teacher training institutes. According to sources, Pakistan Directorate of Staff Development in Lahore has requested the National Council of Teacher Education to share teaching qualities which it wants to incorporate in...
  • Decline in numerical ability among children in rural India January 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Five out of 10 school students of class V in rural India cannot solve simple arithmetic problems, says a nationwide survey on education. Putting a question mark on the quality of education imparted, the findings of the Annual Status of Education Report (ASAR) said while in 2010 more...
  • Textbook sparks controversy, alleges non-vegetarians lie, cheat, commit sex crimes November 17, 2012

    New Delhi: Yet another textbook in a CBSE school has sparked a controversy by allegedly insinuating that non-vegetarians lie, cheat and commit crimes, with the Government terming it as "unfortunate" and asking state bodies to remain alert about such content and monitor them. "Sensitivities of communities have to be kept in...
  • Another textbook raises hackles, says non-vegetarians lie November 16, 2012

    New Delhi: Yet another textbook in a CBSE school has sparked a controversy by allegedly insinuating that non-vegetarians lie, cheat and commit crimes, with the government terming it as "unfortunate" and asking state bodies to remain alert about such content and monitor them. "Sensitivities of communities have to be kept in...
  • Ambedkar cartoon, 5 others removed from textbooks September 11, 2012

    New Delhi: The latest batch of the NCERT textbooks is out, but this time, without six cartoons from four political textbooks. This comes after the Thorat committee's recommendation that 22 cartoons be removed from the textbooks. The cartoon of Ambedkar that sparked off protests in Parliament has been replaced with...
  • Final decision on cartoons in textbooks likely today July 31, 2012

    New Delhi: NCERT on Monday held "exhaustive" deliberations with the textbook development committee on political science on the issue of removal of certain cartoons and objectionable content from CBSE textbooks, a final decision on which is expected on Tuesday. The meeting comes amid indications that the controversial cartoons on BR...
  • Cartoon row: NCERT committee to meet today July 14, 2012

    New Delhi: The NCERT monitoring committee will meet on Saturday to decide whether to axe caricatures from text books. The Thorat Committee, set up by the Human Resource Development Ministry, had recommended the scrapping of 46 caricatures, of which 24 pertained to the Nehru-Gandhi family. Sources say that the cartoon on...
  • No logic behind the removal of some cartoons: NCERT chief July 7, 2012

    New Delhi: The controversy over cartoons in text books threatens to escalate. After a committee set up by the HRD Ministry recommended the removal of 43 cartoons, which included those of Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, from the NCERT textbooks of classes 9-12, the chief of the national council has...
  • Cartoon row: Panel to remove 43 caricatures July 3, 2012

    The committee noted that there are too many caricatures of former prime minister Indira Gandhi in NCERT text books, some of them politically sensitive. ...
  • 'Govt used panel to delete historical background' July 3, 2012

    The HRD appointed committiee to look into all cartoons in the text books has submitted it's report to the NCERT. ...
  • Report on political cartoons should be respected: Pushpesh Pant July 3, 2012

    The NCERT panel has recommended the removal or modification of 36 of the 176 cartoons in textbooks for classes 9-12. ...
  • Is TN still over-sensitive about the anti-Hindi movement? June 14, 2012

    Just as the Ambedkar cartoon row was fading, a toon on the anti-Hindi agitation in Tamil Nadu in the 60s in a NCERT class XII text book has kicked up another controversy in the state with key UPA ally DMK demanding its removal and other parties joining the chorus. The piece...
  • TN: Jaya condemns anti-Hindi agitation cartoon June 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has condemned the anti-Hindi agitation cartoon and demanded its immediate removal, saying that projecting the anti-Hindi agitation as "violence" is simply unacceptable. She also said that the cartoon suggesting that Tamil students did not understand English hurt Tamil sentiment. There has been...
  • FTN: Is TN still over-sensitive about the anti-Hindi movement? June 12, 2012

    A cartoon in the Class 12 Political Science textbook in Tamil Nadu highlights the state's anti-Hindi agitations in 1938 and 1965. ...
  • TN: NCERT in anti-Hindi agitation cartoon row June 9, 2012

    New Delhi: Just days after the Ambedkar cartoon created an uproar in Parliament, yet another cartoon in an NCERT textbook seems to have upset the politicians, this time in the south. A cartoon in the Class 12 Political Science textbook in Tamil Nadu highlights the state's anti-Hindi agitations in 1938...
  • TN: Cartoon on anti-Hindi agitation raises storm June 9, 2012

    Chennai: Just as the Ambedkar cartoon row was fading, a toon on the anti-Hindi agitation in Tamil Nadu in the 60s in a NCERT class XII text book has kicked up another controversy in the state with key UPA ally DMK demanding its removal and other parties joining the chorus. The...
  • No humour please, we are Indians! May 18, 2012

    New Delhi: In 1923, iconic Bengali humorist Sukumar Ray described a curious race of beings "who were scared to laugh". With the government forced to apologise for a 1949 cartoon on Jawaharlal Nehru and B.R. Ambedkar after parliamentarians of all hues raised a massive ruckus, are Indians becoming that humourless...
  • Panel to examine political science textbooks May 16, 2012

    New Delhi: The government has set up a panel headed by former UGC chairman SK Thorat in the wake of the cartoon row to review NCERT's political science textbooks for schools. The committee, which has five members from the social science background, will review class IX to XII social science/political science...
  • Should cartoon and politician satire be censored? May 15, 2012

    New Delhi: The members of Parliament across party lines said not just Ambedkar cartoons but no political cartoons at all should be allowed in school textbooks. The BJP said HRD Minister Kapil Sibal must resign on this issue. The question is whether cartoon and politician satire should be censored. CNN-IBN Deputy...
  • Sibal opposes cartoons on political class in textbooks May 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Under attack over the cartoon row, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday acknowledged that cartoons on the political class should not find a place in textbooks as they influence the impressionable minds of students. Holding that the issue is not about the content of the cartoons but about...
  • FTN: Should political satire/cartoons be censored? May 14, 2012

    Sources say the MPs want cartoons of all politicians removed from school textbooks as they depict politicians in a poor light. ...
  • Cartoon Row: A student's take May 21, 2012

    It was 2006, the mid of UPA-I tenure, and we moved to Class 9, all enthusiastic about the new subjects. One of the subjects, Social Science, has always been a tough bite for students and Political Science, which comes under it, has always been something interesting. Earlier, we had been...
  • Freedom of expression is contextual: Kapil Sibal May 14, 2012

    New Delhi: Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said that freedom of expression is "contextual". His statement came even as members in the Lok Sabha once again united in criticising cartoons in NCERT textbooks, stating that these allegedly denigrated political leaders, especially the ones on BR Ambedkar. Sibal promised...