On the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (Shivaji Jayanti) on February 19, Vinod Tawde, Maharashtra Education Minister announced that a chapter identifying Shivaji Maharaj as a ‘management guru’ will be included in Class IV history textbooks the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) from the next academic year.
The plan to include a chapter on Shivaji Maharaj as “a management guru” was also mentioned in January by the Minister during the inauguration of an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research — ‘Balbharti’.
The Education Minister said, “Until now, we all knew and students learnt about Shivaji Maharaj the warrior king from textbooks. But Shivaji Maharaj was also a good management guru, and students will get to know all about that in this particular chapter. His work in the areas of water conservation, water distribution, forest conservation among others is the examples of Shivaji Maharaj’s management skills in those times.”
“The State Government has decided to add eight pages dedicated to Shivaji Maharaj’s management skills so that students should also get to know about the Maratha warrior’s management skills,” he added.
“The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has already suggested these changes but this has not been reflected in the textbook of the State board. Now these changes will be implemented from the next academic year,” the Minister further said.