- NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) panel members have unanimously approved a proposal to print the next set of textbooks using the name “Bharat” instead of “India.”
- The proposal to change the name from India to Bharat in NCERT books was accepted after being suggested months ago.
- The renaming proposal emerged amid speculation about whether the country would be officially renamed “Bharat.” The use of “Bharat” in official documents had caused some political controversy.
- The NCERT panel has also recommended emphasizing “Hindu victories” in textbooks and introducing “classical history” instead of “ancient history.”
- The committee suggests replacing the colonial-era division of history into ancient, medieval, and modern with a different approach to depict India’s historical development and scientific achievements more accurately. Additionally, the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) is recommended for integration into the curriculum.