Students in Madhya Pradesh‘s first-year graduation courses will study epics such as the Mahabharata and Ramcharitmanas, as well as yoga and meditation, as part of their new syllabus, which was implemented in accordance with the New Education Policy, 2020.
‘Applied philosophy of Shri Ramcharitmanas’ has introduced as an optional subject in the art stream, according to the new curriculum. This will take effect this academic session. The preface to the Mahabharata by C Rajagopalchari will taught to first-year students in the English foundation course. Yoga and meditation, in addition to English and Hindi. Also added as the third foundation course. This includes ‘Om Dhyan’ and mantra recitation as part of the curriculum, according to officials from the state education department.
Madhya Pradesh | Ramayana, Mahabharata & Ramcharitmanas included in the syllabus of engineering students, says state higher education dept
"Whoever wants to learn about Lord Ram's character & contemporary works can do so in engg courses," says Mohan Yadav, MP Higher Edu Min pic.twitter.com/LMYpMVxMSx
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The subject of ‘Applied philosophy of Shri Ramcharitmanas’ will include chapters on ‘spirituality and religion in root sources of Indian culture,’ ‘four ages in Vedas, Upanishads, and Purans,’ ‘difference between Ramayana and Shri Ramcharitmans,’ and ‘incarnation of divine existence.’
Ramcharitmanas and Mahabharata in the syllabus
The subject will also teach about personality development and strong character. Includes topics such as ‘capacity to bear divine qualities and sign of higher personality’; and ‘highest qualities of human personality including Shri Ram’s obedience towards his father and extreme devotion’, according to the revised syllabus.
Students will also learn about Lord Ram’s “engineering qualities”. As a topic entitled “the construction of the Ram Setu bridge as a unique example of Lord Ram’s engineering.”
These subjects and topics, according to Madhya Pradesh’s higher education minister Mohan Yadav, include teaching students about “life values” and “personality development.”
“We learn a lot from Ramcharitmanas and Mahabharata. The students will bring inspiration from it to live a life with dignity and values. Now, we just don’t want to educate the students but we want to develop them as great human beings,” Yadav said.
Several experts and educators believe that, rather than introducing or preferring characters and books from one religion. The higher education department should include all religions in the curriculum to ensure that students well-informed.