For many years, naturalist Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution of humans has been popular among scientists, but an Indian minister believes that theory is scientifically wrong. 

He wants it removed from schools' curriculum. 

Junior Indian Human Resource Development Minister, Satyapal Singh's disagreement with the theory and his comment stirred a major row after he dismissed the theory of evolution.

It was “scientifically wrong” as no one “ever saw an ape turning into a human being,” the minister said.

It needs to change in school and college curriculum.

"Ever since humans came to Earth, they have always been humans,” he says.

But his statement has drawn criticism. 

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A group of 2,000 scientists from three top Science Academies of India has condemned the Minister’s remarks, saying “there is no scientific basis for the Minister’s statements”.

“The theory of evolution by natural selection as propounded by Charles Darwin and developed and extended subsequently has had a major influence on modern biology and medicine, and indeed all of modern science.

“It is widely supported across the world,” Xinhua quoted the scientists are saying in a statement.

Scientists from Indian National Science Academy’s Delhi, Bengaluru and Allahabad chapters said: “it would be a retrograde step to remove the teaching of the theory of evolution from school and college curricula or to dilute this by offering non-scientific explanations or myths”.

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The Minister is a former Indian top cop-turned politician who contested the general elections in 2014 as a lawmaker for the first time and won by a massive margin from a city near the Indian capital on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s ticket. 

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