Buddha’s teachings to be taught in all schools, says Javadekar

This step has been taken so that education is achieved in a “complete sense” and not just for employment.

Buddha’s teachings to be taught in all schools, says Javadekar

Buddhas teachings to be taught in all schools, says Javadekar

While highlighting the significance of Gautam Buddha’s teachings in the present day scenario, all the school students will soon start reading about the Mahatma’s “ideas of life.” The Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said that the teachings of Buddha will soon be included in NCERT textbooks and school curriculum.

He made this epic announcement on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti celebrations.

Here’s what the minister said:

“Politics gives us resources to live life but a Mahatma like Buddha teaches us ‘why to live’ and ‘how to live’ so it is important to include him in our education system,” Javadekar said in a recent PTI report.

“Teachings of Gautama Buddha are ideas of life (Jeevan ke Vichar). We will definitely include Buddha in our curriculum, as his teachings give a right direction to life,” he added.

Moreover, the minister said he will ensure that Buddha’s teachings reached students at all levels – primary, middle and higher.

Reasons behind this decision:

This step has been taken so that education is achieved in a “complete sense” and not just for employment.

More on the report:

  • The event was organised by the Cultural Ministry on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti
  • At the event, eminent Buddhism scholar S R Bhatt was also felicitated by the HRD minister

During the event, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said, “Buddha’s messages are relevant even today as they were at that time. His vision was scientific.”

Javadekar reiterated that giving knowledge and job skills to students was not education in itself, but just a part of it. “The real aim of education is to prepare a good human being,” he concluded.

Moreover, speaking about the Buddha’s teachings, Union Minister Kiren Rijuju said India would became a world leader if it followed the teachings of Buddha. “The world looks up to India as it is Buddha’s birthplace,” Rijuju said.

[Source”timesofindia”]