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Sanskrit to take over as 3rd language for 6-8 in KVS all over India, Centre tells HC

Nov 29, 2014 15:52 IST

    Central Government on Thursday told Supreme Court  that Sanskrit will be the third language in Classes 6 to 8 in Kendriya Vidyalayas.

    Against Center’s decision, Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi sought its permission before SC  to file an affidavit on the controversy arising out of Centre's decision to drop German as an alternative to Sanskrit as third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas.

    On 21 November 2014, group of parents and students from KVS had filed their petition regarding the same issue to which SC had asked the Centre to file its response on the PIL.

    Counsel for the petitioners strongly recommend  that the decision regarding selecting language should be left to the students and parents, and government should not impose its decision on them, especially in the middle of the ongoing academic session. They consider it as hurried decision taken by the Center without using their mind.

    The Board of governors (BoG) of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), headed by HRD minister Smriti Irani, dedcided in their meeting held on 27 October 2014 that teaching of German language as an option to Sanskrit will be discontinued herewith.

    The decision is expected to affect over 70,000 students across 500 KVs from Classes 6 to 8 who will be asked to switch from German to Sanskrit.

    Important Points:

    1. German to be replaced by sanskrit as 3rd language for 6-8 in KVS throughout India

    2. Parenst and Students filed petition against this in November

    3. Centre responded for the PIL filed by parents and students

    4. SC has not yet pronounced its decision on the same yet

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