Telangana Education: New syllabus for academic year 2015-16

Telanganisation of text books in the new state has begun. Lessons on all social reformers from Telangana will be included in the textbooks of social studies from Classes VI to X of Telangana syllabus from the next academic year.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has approved the change in the syllabus for social studies from classes VI to X and first language Telugu from Classes  I to X. Sources said the social studies textbooks for the five classes were being designed to reflect Telangana Statehood movement, history and culture. One or two chapters on these aspects will be added to the existing content.

An important addition will be inclusion of life sketch of reformers such as Easwari Bai (former president of Republic Party of India and mother of Congress legislator J. Geeta Reddy), former Minister N. Sadalaxmi, Bhagya Reddy Varma and Arige Ramaswami. A committee to study inclusion and exclusion of content in social studies also decided to have full-fledged chapters on Qutb Shahi and Asaf Jahi dynasties.

The committee comprising Telangana joint action committee chairman and professor of history M. Kodandaram and academics Adapa Satyanarayana, C.N. Subrahmaniam and Tirumali will ensure that there is no heavy dose of historical studies, contradictions and overlapping in the syllabus.

In the books of first language Telugu, sources said the focus was on Telugu classical literature from Andhra and Telangana. Text books of Class I to X have undergone a complete makeover. Telugu language will also be taught in normal way. The committee on Telugu syllabus was involved in a serious exercise to overhaul the syllabus for three to four months.