New Delhi: A day after the Karnataka government hinted at introducing Bhagavad Gita in school curriculum, chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said that the decision on the same will be taken after discussions.
In response to a question on whether the southern state was mulling over the matter, CM Bommai, as quoted by news agency PTI, said, “It has been done in Gujarat, our minister has said he will discuss it. Let’s see what details the Education department comes out with.”
Speaking to the PTI reporters, Bommai said that intention of his government is to impart education and moral values to children, and details can be revealed only after holding discussions.
Asked whether Bhagavad Gita will bring moral values among children, the chief minister said, “You tell me, if not Bhagvad Gita, what else will give moral values?”
Notably, BJP-ruled Gujarat on Thursday had announced that the Bhagavad Gita will be a part of the school curriculum for classes 6 to 12 across the state from the academic year 2022-23.
Introducing Bhagavad Gita as part of the syllabus, Gujarat Education Minister Jitu Vaghani, as quoted by news agency ANI, said, “To include Indian culture and knowledge system in school education from the academic year 2022-23, In the first phase, values and principles contained in Bhagavad Gita are being introduced in schools from classes 6-12 as per understanding and interest of children.”
Following Gujarat’s decision, Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister BC Nagesh on Friday had said that the state government will discuss with educationists before taking a call in this regard.
As reported by ANI, Nagesh said that the holy scripture is not only for Hindus but is also a source of knowledge for others.
“Bhagavad Gita is not only for Hindus, it is for all. If experts say it will definitely be introduced – not from this year but next year. We have to decide whether Moral Science has to be introduced,” Nagesh said.
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