New Delhi, Aug 29: HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today said that the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) would soon work on the courses about the history of India’s tradition and culture. He said that such courses are necessary to understand India and its glorious past.

Javadekar was speaking at an event on the inauguration of a lecture series on Bharat Bodh (Idea of India) at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). “Bharat’s (India’s) education system became such that we kept on forgetting Bharat’s culture and insisted on remembering the rest of the world’s. It is necessary to know and remember the world but this does not imply that we can forget Bharat. It is necessary to understand the Bharat and its glorious past,” Javadekar said.

“We will replicate such courses with NCERT because we think our true identity begins with the identity of our nation. Without knowing it, we will not be able to decipher the truth about the world. We are open to discussions about the value of our past,” he said, PTI reported.

Javadekar also said that all philosophy and Indology students should attend this lecture series. He added that people didn’t know India and they should know the true identity of their country.

“We will soon launch a new formal academic programme called certificate course in Bharat Bodh. This will talk about the cultural wealth of India and will also take a critical look at it,” IGNOU Vice Chancellor Ravindra Kumar said, adding, everything would not be taken for granted and whatever is valuable, it would be retained.

With inputs from PTI.