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Government requests Central Universities to have Sanskrit Departments

Dec 5, 2014 15:59 IST

    The government has decided to explore the possibilities of Sanskrit by ordering the central universities to look into the matter on how they can incorporate Sanskrit in their universities. This decision came from the government soon after the controversial decision of replacing Sanskrit in place of German as third language in Kendriya Vidyalaya’s in India.

    The HRD minister Smriti Irani said that in order to promote Sanskrit language, the central government has requested all central universities where department of Sanskrit does not exist, to explore the possibilities of opening Sanskrit departments. In order to promote the language the minister has also said that UGC is planning to give away plan and non-plan grants to five Sanskrit universities and two Sanskrit deemed-to-be-universities.

    There was a controversy that arose during the decision where German was scrapped as the third language from Kendriya Vidyalayas in India and it got replaced by Sanskrit, that too in the middle of an academic year. The HRD minister viewed the teaching of German in the KVs to be a violation of the national policy of education and to the Three Language Formula. So she insisted on replacing German and initiate Sanskrit in the schools to generate interest in the language for the school students.

    The Supreme Court on 28 November asked the Centre to rethink about its decision of replacing German language with Sanskrit in KVs in between an academic session and implement it from the very next session instead.

    Important Points

    • Government ordered central universities to incorporate Sanskrit Department
    • HRD Ministry said that this decision is taken to promote Sanskrit language
    • UGC is providing plans and non-plan grants to five Sanskrit universities
    • This decision came after replacing German with Sanskrit in KVs

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