NCERT textbooks to include Buddha's teachings: HRD Minister Javadekar

New Delhi: The teachings of Gautama Buddha will soon be included in NCERT textbooks and school curriculum as the Mahatma's teachings are "ideas of life", Union minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday.

Prakash Javadekar. PTI

Prakash Javadekar. PTI

"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", he said addressing the Buddha Jayanti celebrations here.

The HRD Minister said he will ensure that Buddha's teachings reached students at all levels — primary, middle and higher — so that education was achieved in a "complete sense" and not just for employment.

"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 said.

The event was organised by the Cultural Ministry, wherein eminent scholar of Buddhism S R Bhatt was felicitated. 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 said.

Cultural Minister Mahesh Sharma, who was also present at the event, said, "Buddha's messages are relevant even today as they were at that time. His vision was scientific."

Union minister Kiren Rijuju said India would became a world leader if it followed teachings of Buddha. "The world looks up to India as it is Buddha's birthplace," he said.

Updated Date: May 10, 2017 18:30 PM

Also Watch

Watch: Firstpost test rides the new Thunderbird 500X in Goa and walks you through the Royal Enfield Garage Cafe
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Varun Dhawan on Shoojit Sircar's October, 5-star reviews and working with Anushka Sharma in Sui Dhaaga
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 Ambedkar Jayanti: Re-visiting Babasaheb's ideals exposes fake Dalit politics of Rahul Gandhi and Congress
  • Monday, April 9, 2018 48 hours with Huawei P20 Pro: Triple camera offering is set to redefine smartphone imaging
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore interview: Sports can't be anyone's fiefdom, we need an ecosystem to nurture raw talent

Also See