The office of the surveyor general of India and International Boundary Directorate has pulled up the Maharashtra state board for carrying inaccurate maps of Gujarat and the international boundary in the new class 9 textbooks. They have been asked to take corrective steps immediately or face punitive action.
HT had reported on June 21 that retired teacher Narendra Tamboli and retired professor Vidyadhar Amrute complained to the Survey of India against the maps in the new books. They look like they have been hand-drawn, while outlines of Gujarat, Kashmir and Mizoram have been shown inaccurately.
The Survey of India issued a letter dated July 21 stating that maps of India have been shown wrongly in the class 9 geography textbook published by the Maharashtra education board. The board has been asked to take suitable corrective measures .
“The subject maps were examined in this office, and it is observed that the international boundary of Gujarat state has been wrongly depicted in one map and a large portion of Gujarat state boundary in India’s international boundary line has been wrongly depicted in another map (sic),” reads the letter.
When contacted, board chairperson Gangadhar Mhamane, said the textbooks were published by state’s textbook bureau, Balbharti. “The Survey of India has wrongly sent the letter to us, it needs to be addressed to the Balbharti since they published the books this year,” said Mhamane, adding that they have forwarded the letter to Balbharti.
However, despite repeated calls and texts, Sunil Magar, director of Balbharti was unavailable for comment.