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The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed an experts committee to be set up to look into the content of textbooks published by the Tamil Nadu government for schools.

The apex court bench of Justice BS Chauhan and Justice Swatanter Kumar said a committee of eight experts, to be headed by state chief secretary, will go into the content of the textbooks and invite objections.

After the AIADMK came to power in this year’s state assembly elections, the new state government decided to put off the introduction of the new textbooks, ordered to be prepared and published by the previous DMK government. This decision of the AIADMK government was stayed by the Madras High Court, following which the government moved the apex court.

The DMK government planned to introduce the books from the academic year 2011-12 under the Tamil Nadu Uniform System of School Education Act. The government headed by the DMK published nine crore textbooks at a cost of Rs 200 crore.

The AIADMK is opposed to the content of some of these books which carry poems by DMK chief M Karunanidhi and his MP daughter Kanimozhi, who is facing charges of criminal conspiracy in the 2G spectrum allocation case

 


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