New Delhi: A decision on the issue of controversial cartoons in CBSE textbooks will be taken shortly based on the recommendations of the Thorat panel, the government on Wednesday said.

"Recommendations of the Thorat committee are being examined by NCERT through specified institutional process and a final decision is expected to be taken shortly," HRD Minister Kapil Sibal told the Lok Sabha.

A six-member panel headed by chairman of Indian Council of Social Science Research S K Thorat was set up to review thepolitical science textbooks following an uproar in Parliament during the Budget session over a cartoon on B R Ambedkar.

"The committee has submitted its report to NCERT and has recommended some changes in four textbooks. In addition the committee has made some general recommendations to be considered at the time of general review of the books," the Minister said in a written reply.

NCERT, in the meantime, held meetings with the textbook review committee last week, with sources indicating that the controversial Ambedkar cartoon and another one on anti-Hindi agitation in Tamil Nadu are likely to be removed.

The committee's recommendations have, however, come under criticism from a section of academia, with one of the committee member M S S Pandian sending a dissent note about the report.

The National Monitoring Committee, an apex body of experts on textbooks, has also expressed its dissatisfaction over the Thorat committee report contending the recommendations are inadequate.

The Thorat panel has sought removal of about 21 cartoons which is believes contains wrong messages.


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