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Government detoxifying education: Arjun Singh

SHILLONG, JUNE 15. In its bid to undo the ``saffronisation'' of education initiated by the previous NDA regime, the present Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government has started a ``detoxifying'' process, the Union Human Resources Development Minister, Arjun Singh, said today.

``The process got under way with the setting up of a three-member panel of eminent educationists of the country three days ago,'' Mr. Singh told reporters here.

``We are not de-saffronising education but detoxifying it. The panel was asked to look into the issue and give reports by 15-20 days,'' he said.

Seeking to go deep into the problem, the HRD Minister said ``already thousands of text books were printed (by the previous Government) and if all of a sudden we issue some instruction for withdrawing those, the student community would be in serious problem. So we did not wish to do it.''

Mr. Singh said the three-member panel consisted of Prof. S. Sattar, Radhakrishnan, National Institute of Advanced Studies in Banglaore, Prof. J.S. Grewal, Vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University and eminent historian, Prof. Barun De. — PTI

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