Schools run by the Madhya Pradesh government will teach lessons from the 'Bhagvad Gita', sacred religious text of the Hindus, from this academic year despite protests from members of other religious communities.
The study material on teachings from the Gita is ready and would be dispatched to every government-run school soon, Rajnish Vaish, principal secretary (School Education department) said on Friday.
The lessons on Gita will not be a part of the curriculum but would supplement regular subjects in the same way as moral science, physical education and some other disciplines, officials said.
A part of the Gita teachings may get into the Hindi literature syllabus, they said.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had mooted the idea of including teachings from the Gita for school students.
The decision to introduce teachings from the Gita for students from class one to ten had been taken despite protests from leaders of other religious communities in the state.