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The basic aim of Hindu Religious Education (HRE) is to expose students to the principles and philosophies of Hindu Religion, which they can relate to their daily life. Hindu Religion deals with all aspects whether known or unknown of both animate and inanimate forms. It uses science, arts and music as instruments of ‘‘Paramatma’’ (God).
The study of HRE will inculcate in the students five fundamental human qualities:
1. Spiritual qualities love, compassion, peace, non-violence, courage and tolerance.
2. Moral qualities - truthfulness, justice, forgiveness and dignity of labour, human rights.
3. Mental qualities - scientific attitude, control of mind and senses.
4. Social qualities - proper use of time, punctuality, habit of saving, sharing and giving.
5. ‘Physical qualities practice of yogasanas treating both as temple thereby keeping it fl clean and healthy by practice of yogasanas and performing other tights and rituals.
1. The life sketches of the various enlightened souls, who have practised and preached the principles of Dharma.
2. An overview of the revival movements and brief historical accounts of evolution of the Hindu religion and culture.
3. Hindu heritage; a brief discussion on development of art, science and other aspects of material life to inspire the students for further contribution in this direction. (Industrial & Technological progress).
Unit 2 - Manifestations of Paramatma
Unit 3 - Scriptures
Unit 4 - Principles of Dharma
Unit 5 - Rites and Rituals
Unit 6 - Utsav (Festivals)
Unit 7 - Yoga
Unit 8 - Law of Karma
Unit 9 - Places of Pilgrimage
Unit 10 - Historical Development
Unit 11 - Hindu Heritage.
The H.R.E. course is fundamental in preserving Hindu cultural heritage. It aims at fostering creative thinking and problem solving through the learners holistic growth and persona social competence. The course is geared towards adaptability and appropriateness of the needs and interests of learners. Therefore it is highly recommended that the teacher employ life approach as a means of achieving the desired objective(s).
The learning/teaching experiences of H.R.E. in Secondary schools are geared towards enabling the learner to face the challenges of emerging social issues.
Thus special attention has been given to relate the teaching of HRE on issues such as UN/AIDS, gender, child abuse, child about and neglect, drug and substance abuse, corruption and environmental concerns among others.