The controversy of NCERT removing topics from various subjects is ongoing till now. Recently, NCERT removed Darwin’s Evolution Theory from the Science textbook for classes 9 and 10 which led 1,800 scientists, educators, teachers and science enthusiasts from across India to raise concerns. They have signed an open letter to NCERT condemning the removal of the topic.
“An Appeal Against Exclusion of Evolution from Curriculum’ letter has been signed by representatives of Indian Institute of Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, and Indian Institute of Technology. However, The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) had said that the syllabus changes had been made to reduce the burden on students after Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the scientific community, it is a "travesty of education" to remove Darwin's Theory of Evolution from the curriculum since it will impair students' ability to think critically. The letter went on to say that natural selection, according to Darwin, teaches children the value of critical thinking and the scientific process.
“The fact that the biological world is constantly changing, that evolution is a law-governed process that does not require divine intervention, and that humans have evolved from some species of ape have been the cornerstones of rational thinking ever since Darwin proposed his theory of natural selection." the letter states.
Historians have previously criticised the removal of essential scientific content, arguing that doing so deprives students of useful knowledge and the pedagogical principles necessary to handle future problems.