Saturday, 24 May, 2008
Magic to be included in the education curriculum: M.A. Baby
(From left) Ministers, N.K. Premachandran, M.A. Baby and Paloly Mohammed Kutty watching evening galas at Vismayam 2008.
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Minister of Education, M.A. Baby has informed that his Ministry was thinking of including magic as a subject for learning in the school and college curriculum.
The minister observed that this was essential to carve out a generation that do not fall prey to superstitions and false beliefs. “Magicians have a significant role in eradicating superstitions and the claims of certain God men of having some supernatural abilities”, the Minister added. “A section of magicians may object, but I don’t think there is anything wrong if some general tricks are handed down to school students with the aim of empowering them against superstitions”, Mr. Baby said. He was inaugurating the final rounds of competitions to decide the winner of Grand Champion of Magic title.
During his presidential address, the Minister of Local Self Government, Paloly Moham- med Kutty pointed out that magic was an art that could effectively reflect social issues.
The Minister of Water Resources, N.K. Premachandran, in his Keynote address commented that the Vismayam 2008 could bring in an international acclaim for Indian magic.