If the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has its way, human rights is going to be included as a subject in schools under CBSE and ICSE all over India from next year. This was revealed on Thursday by Satyabrata Paul, member, NHRC, who was a former ambassador to various countries, including Pakistan. Paul said this on the sidelines of a conference on ‘India in the New Global Order’ organised at the American Center in Kolkata. The eminent former diplomat was one of the key speakers there.
“The importance of human rights as a subject is growing every day and we believe awareness about this should begin at an early age. That is why we feel this should be included in the school curriculum the way environmental studies has been introduced as a subject. We held several seminars and we have already talked to CBSE officials. We will take this up with the state governments since education is a state subject and we want this to be included in state-run schools also,” Paul told The Indian Express.
Principals of educational institutions have welcomed this move of the NHRC.
Paul, meanwhile, slammed the West Bengal government for its failure in providing a full-time chairman for the state Human Rights Commission. “It is shocking that the commission does not have a chairman for one year. I can’t understand why this (a new chairman) cannot be inducted,” Paul said.
Government officials, however, said the absence of a full-time chairman has not hampered the work of the commission. “We get a lot of letters from them. How can you say not much work is done there,” State Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told The Indian Express.