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It is best to have an open mind on the question of creation or evolution- Tandon s

Knowledge and understanding of evolutionary biology is important not just to any sub-field of biology but is also key to understanding the world around us. Evolutionary biology is an area of science with a huge impact on how we choose to deal with an array of problems we face as societies and nations from medicine and drug discovery, epidemiology, ecology, and environment, to psychology, and it also addresses our understanding of humans and their place in the tapestry of life. Although many of us do not explicitly realize this, the principles of natural selection help us understand how any pandemic progresses or why certain species go extinct, among many other critical issues.

According to a document by NCERT on the list of rationalized content in textbooks for Class 10, in Science subjects, chapter 9, earlier titled ‘Heredity and Evolution’, has been replaced with ‘Heredity’.

Recurring cultural, political, and theological rejection of evolution by religious groups exists regarding the origins of the Earth, of humanity, and of other life. In accordance with creationism, species were once widely believed to be fixed products of divine creation, but since the mid-19th century, evolution by natural selection has been established by the scientific community as an empirical scientific fact.

Charles Darwin, the proponent of biological evolution, was a stellar champion of learning by experience and observation.

The book ‘On the Origin of Species’ is a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin that is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Darwin’s book introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection.

It will be of interest to note that even in the USA Creationists then moved to frame the issue as one of intelligent design but this too was ruled against in a District Court in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District in 2005.

In all fairness, it is our responsibility to prepare our coming generations to face the changes with an open mind and let them inculcate the power to critically analyze a situation and decide the truth or the falsehood all by their own intellect. 

Ashish Gupta is a technology expert and Rohit Shukla is a Senior Candidate Inscight Mentorship Program.