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No proposal to remove Darwin’s theory from school, college curricula, says Minister

A detail of British artist John Collier’s 1883 painting of Charles Darwin is displayed as part of an exhibition in Darwin’s former home, Down House, in Kent, southern England on February 12, 2009.

A detail of British artist John Collier’s 1883 painting of Charles Darwin is displayed as part of an exhibition in Darwin’s former home, Down House, in Kent, southern England on February 12, 2009.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Minister of State for HRD Satya Pal Singh landed in a controversy last month when he claimed that the theory of evolution was “scientifically wrong”.

There is no proposal to remove Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution from school or college curricula, the Rajya Sabha was informed on February 8.

“The CBSE [Central Board of Secondary Education] has intimated that Charles Darwin’s evolution of species is a part of the curriculum under the elective subject of Biology for class XII,” Minister of State for HRD Satya Pal Singh said in response to a written question in the Rajya Sabha. The Ministry was not considering any proposal to omit the theory from school and college curricula.

Mr. Singh landed in a controversy in January when he claimed at an event in Aurangabad that Darwin’s theory of evolution was “scientifically wrong” and needed to be changed in school and college curricula.

While scientists from three top scientific institutions in the country condemned the remarks, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar advised Mr. Singh to refrain from making such comments and leave the job to scientists.

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