New Delhi, June 16: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked Basic Shiksha Department to include Baba Goraknath among other eminent personalities as part of the syllabus for children studying in government primary schools in classes 6 to 8.

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who is the head priest of the Goraksh Peeth, believe that the leaders related to Hindu culture and folklore should be included in the new syllabus.

Daily Hunt quoted a senior official of the education department saying that children studying in Classes 6 to 8 will be studying the life and times of Baba Gorakhnath, Jan Sangh leaders including Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. Shaheed Babu Bandhu Singh of Gorakhpur. The idea is to make the young generations aware of the contribution of those who have not been highlighted in history.”

The textbooks which will be undergoing revisions are from Class 1 to class 8. Guru Goraknath’s chapter has been added to class 6 textbooks under the chap of great personalities.

The new textbooks will have a QR code, which can be scanned to view digital formats of chapters on mobile phones. Reportedly, over eight lakh books have arrived in Gorakhpur for distribution in model primary and upper primary schools when the session commences from July 2.

In a stunning blow to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party in March lost Lok Sabha bypolls to its bastion Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh.