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Politics of Knowledge

The parallel coexistence of central and provincial spheres in education has a visible functional role but also a less visible political and an even less visible sociocultural role. Several decisions announced since the beginning of 2022 enable us to observe these disparate and simultaneous roles. Decisions taken in some of the states are quite noticeably related to impending assembly elections.

Since the beginning of 2022, education has been a busy site of politics and bur­eaucratic action. In Karnataka, a political move was backed by a circular from the dep­artment of education and further reinforced by a court order. In Gujarat, two “decisions” taken by the government were announced in the ­assembly: first, to start teaching English from Classes 1 and 2, and second, to include the Bhagavad Gita from Class 6 upwards. At the national level, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) ann­ounced its decision to drop certain topics from the syllabus of political science followed in affiliated schools. The University Grants Commission de­­clar­ed that a centralised admissions test will govern entry to undergraduate courses in all central universities. The course itself will now cover a four-year curriculum, with a wider range of choices, in­clu­ding vocational subjects and multiple exit options. And most recently, Haryana announced that it will replace grants to universities with loans.

The Context of Curricular Changes

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Updated On : 20th Sep, 2022
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