After a long drawn controversy over the objectionable text mentioned in the Physical Education book published by a private publisher, on women body, CBSE, now, has requested the National Council of Educational Research (NCERT) to come up with a book for the subject which is a part of the school curriculum.
Before the controversy there was no official book on the Physical Education for class XII by the NCERT. But the book by the private publisher triggered an uproar in the nation when it mentioned "36-24-36" shape of female body is considered best and even Miss India desires to achieve this shape.
CBSE has made it clear that it does not recommend any book by the private publishers. The schools, on the other hand, claim that since there are no books on the physical education from CBSE and NCERT they are left with no option but to teach from the books published by private publishers.
After the controversy, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar termed the content mentioned in the book as sexist and assured that proper action will be taken against the publisher and author of the book.
On April 15, CBSE filed an FIR against the publisher New Saraswati House (Pvt) Ltd. The board also said that its bye-laws state that if a school decides to use the books of private authors then the school must examine the content of the book and remove any objectionable content. The board further said "a written declaration must also be put on school website signed by the manager and principal that the responsibility lies on them for suggesting such a book".
But schools are saying that they cannot be held accountable for this as there is no 'official' book on the subject matter from NCERT and CBSE and they are at the mercy of the private publishers as these are the only books available in the market.