NCERT Allegedly Removes Periodic Table from Science Textbook, A Lookback at Chapters Eliminated

Some changes have also been made in the textbooks of classes 10 and 11 by NCERT (Representational Image).

Some changes have also been made in the textbooks of classes 10 and 11 by NCERT (Representational Image).

According to the latest media reports, the NCERT has reportedly removed scientific topics like Darwin’s theory and the periodic table from the Class 10 CBSE Science textbooks.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been at the center of attention in recent months due to the rationalization of its syllabus and subsequent removal of certain subjects from its textbooks. This decision to reduce the curriculum has sparked a significant debate among teachers, parents and policy makers alike.

According to the latest media reports, the NCERT has reportedly removed scientific topics like Darwin’s theory and the periodic table from the Class 10 CBSE Science textbooks. In particular, chapters on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, the origin of life on Earth, human evolution and heredity, as well as the periodic classification of elements, have been removed.

In response to this allegation, the NCERT has stated that these chapters were temporarily dropped during the pandemic as part of the curriculum rationalization process. The chapter titled “Heredity and Evolution” has been revised to focus only on “heredity”.

While some see the move as regressive, others have shared links of new books, adding that the subjects have not been dropped but shifted to the Class 11 syllabus.

According to NCERT, the need for rationalization of these textbooks is to address the problems like duplication of material, different levels of difficulty, irrelevant material and duplication of material in other subject areas within the same class or in both lower and higher sections of the same subject. Had taken The need for readily available and self-learning material.

The latest edition of Political Science textbook for class 12 has also been updated NCERT to remove references to Khalistan, The amendment is a result of a letter sent by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to the Ministry of Education. As part of the textbook revision process, the Council removed lines from Chapter 7, “Regional Aspirations”, which previously referred to the creation of a separate Sikh nation and Khalistan.

Lines that have been removed include: “But, it can also be interpreted as a plea for a separate Sikh nation (from para 1)” and “(from para 2) More extreme elements call for secession from India” Started advocating and Khalistan.”

Moreover, while the NCERT removed references to the 2022 racial conflict from its two Class 12 textbooks, chapters on the Gujarat riots were also dropped from the Class 11 and 12 sociology textbooks.

Some changes have also been made by NCERT in the textbooks of class 10 and 11. The Class 10 – Democratic Politics-2 textbook no longer includes chapters on democracy and diversity, challenges to democracy, or popular struggles and movements. While the industrial revolution, clash of cultures and sections on central Islamic lands have been omitted from class 11 textbook topics in world history.

Additionally, there has been a controversy surrounding the decision of the NCERT to rationalize its syllabus as per the National Education Policy (NEP 2020), with reports that Chapter on Mughal History removed from the course. However, NCERT Director Dinesh Prasad Saklani has clarified that the chapters on Mughals have not been removed, and the news being circulated is false. As NCERT continues to navigate the complexities of curriculum rationalization, it is essential to ensure transparency and clear communication to address concerns and maintain integrity within the education system.