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Himachal to make Sanskrit mandatory in government schools

Aug 19, 2015 16:16 IST

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on 17 August 2015 announced that Sanskrit will be introduced as a mandatory subject in all Government schools of the state. The announcement came while he was presiding over the meet of the Himachal Sanskrit Academy.

He also directed the academy to complete the formalities to take over Tungesh Sanskrit College at Cheog, so that it could be run in a better way. Cheog is a village in Theog Tehsil in Shimla District of the state.

Few other directions given by the Chief Minister
• He urged the Academy members to continue with their activities and make earnest efforts to promote Sanskrit and said that there would not be any dearth of funds to the Academy from the State Government to run its affairs.
• He also asked them to prepare programmes and projects and to submit the same to the Union Government as there was no deficiency of funds for Sanskrit Colleges and Academies with them.
• He also directed to transfer the ownership of ‘Divya Jyoti’ monthly magazine to the Academy and approved publication of research journal (bi-annual) of the Academy jointly with HP University.

The Chief Minister also decided to revive the earlier status of the constitution of the Academy and it was also decided that the age limit for appointment of secretary of the Academy would not be more than 65 which would be appointed for a term of five years from the date of appointment. It was approved to keep the status of secretary as it was earlier.

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