HRD minister, Prakash Javadekar assured Lok Sabha that the government has no plan to remove the text on Rabindra Nath Tagore from school books.
In reply to TMC Derek O'Brian question Javadekar said that government has utmost respect for all those who contributed to the country's freedom and literature.
“We hail everybody and nothing will be removed,” he said.
Javadekar further said that the government has asked the teachers to go through the NCERT books and give suggestion to remove any factual error and so far the government has received around 7000 suggestions.
“We will not do anything which will create some problem,” he added.
O'Brian said, during the zero hour, that the suggestions to remove the Tagore work and references have come from RSS-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas to which Javadekar replied that "Rabindranath Tagore does not need a certificate from anybody" and asked the O'Brian to disassociate from the Nyas.
During the zero hour, Dr Raj also raised the issue of thousands of teachers staging the protest against the government for government has no sympathy for the education sector.
He said that bodies like UGC and AICTE are under the clouds and it is feared that they being replaced slowly “bureaucratise, centralized and commercialized education".
Javadekar said that his ministry isactively involved with the teachers and we are not dismantling anything instead, we are giving more autonomy to these educational bodies.