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Should the population education curriculum in India be revived?
Everyone is aware of the fact that world's population is growing at an exponential rate. Also, it has been seen that the unchecked population growth in many countries is offsetting every endeavour for development of the masses.

A need is being felt for imparting factual knowledge about population dynamic, so that the younger generation may understand the nature and magnitude of the burden imposed by rapid population growth.

India's population is increasing annually at a rapid rate and it is being said that we will become the most populated country in world by 2025 leaving China at second position. The situation could be very alarming since demographic dividends last for a short span in a world struck with ponzi economy.  

In India and elsewhere, the World Population Day (July 11) is being observed today with awareness programmes which have become ritualistic and distorted, many feel.

"The international observances have become futile exercises since the administrative convenient events like rally, slogan writing, banner displays, functions and talks are organized in which only well to do participate to have a good time. There is need to include the relevant issues of the observances in the language and environmental studies curricula to have a lasting effect on students in their formative years," said Dr. Sharma, a history lecturer in a Jaipur college.

"I know the NCERT-based population education project supported by a UN agency could not be mainstreamed despite a good amount of learning material developed from 1980 to 1985. Though the schools were encouraged to take up implementation of the project but there were hardly any takers. The opportunity of contextualization of some portion of social studies curricula got last while keeping the core curriculum intact. The adaptation innovations and mainstreaming them has been affected by the NCERT properly," said Prabha Kishore, a teacher retired from the CBSE -affiliated school.

 I too feel that intention were good since properly implemented population project converted into a main-streamed programme could have the potential of education in tackling the problems of growing rate of population. The goal was to catch children young to realize the importance of population stabilization and sustainable development.

It is necessary to understand the effects of unchecked growth of population on natural resources and environment.

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