The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has responded to criticism from academicians regarding the frequent revisions of school textbooks, dismissing the allegations as baseless. In a strong objection to this practice, 33 academicians from prestigious colleges in India have written a letter to NCERT Director D.P. Saklani, requesting the removal of their names as advisors from the textbooks. However, NCERT has received support from 107 professors, Vice Chancellors, Deans, and teachers from various universities.
NCERT has clarified that the revision of textbooks is not a new phenomenon and has been followed in the past as well. The organization has announced that it will release a new set of textbooks based on the recently launched National Curriculum Framework for School Education. The current textbooks, which have undergone rationalization to reduce academic burden, are considered a temporary arrangement.
The issue of textbook revisions has sparked a debate among academicians, with some expressing their displeasure and others standing in support of NCERT. The organization’s decision to release new textbooks aligned with the updated curriculum framework aims to provide students with the most relevant and up-to-date educational material.