Telangana will soon be a historical word in AP textbooks. While history textbooks in Telangana state will have glorious chapters on the separate statehood movement, those in AP will have no mention of the division.
As the process of preparing school syllabus for the next academic year is at its final stage, AP State Council of Educational Research & Training (APSCERT) is scheduled to submit its final report on the curriculum on March 25 to the government, after authorities returned an earlier version with specific instructions that any reference to Telangana must be eliminated, and the statehood movement in particular.
“The government has suggested some changes to the draft report we had submitted earlier. We are working on it and the final report will be submitted any time between March 20 and 25,” Lakshmi Watts, director of APSCERT, told TOI.
As the entire syllabus right from Class 1 to Class 10 is being revised, the focus will be on teaching students about the culture and heritage of Seemandhra to instill a sense of pride about their state, officials said. And the emphasis will be on “cleansing history by eliminating unpleasant memories which have hurt the sentiments of the people of Seemandhra,” they said.
“When Telangana is not mentioning Andhra Pradesh in their syllabus, what is the need for us to mention Telangana in ours?” reasoned AP education minister Ganta Srinivas Rao. “What is the point in adding details in the curriculum which our students are not required to learn?” the minister shot back.
K Panduranga Swamy, a member of APSCERT, in-charge of school textbook syllabus, however, described the move as “taking corrective steps.” “It is just a course correction of the facts so that it will be in context of Seemandhra with reference to the present scenario,” Swamy said.