[lg policy] India: Better policies needed for language learning

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 30 15:30:48 UTC 2012

Better policies needed for language learning, says NRN
Bangalore, Jan 29, 2012, DHNS:

Language is a key element in globalisation and this calls for stronger
policies allowing children the freedom to learn three languages at
school level, Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy said here on
Saturday.  Speaking at the launch of Ranjini Manian’s book ‘Upwardly
mobile’ he said the local language, national language and English must
be taught to children in every school.

“I am a Kannadiga and I myself find it difficult to speak in other
Indian states. Children have great potential but the policy makers
comprise old people who think with their aged mindset. Create a policy
that allows three languages to be taught at school level,” said
Those who migrate within India must also be taught the basic level of
the particular language of the state.

“If a Marathi child moves to a school in Karnataka, then that child
must learn the basics of Kannada. This is very important in terms of
self confidence, work and education,” commented Murthy. Ranjini’s book
which looks at the cultural hurdles faced by Indians in the global
scenario provides solutions for the new global Indian manager.

Ranjini said that a primary problem amongst Indians is that difficulty
in saying ‘no’. “Indians do not give a direct and honest answer as we
find it difficult to deny something. Dealing with western clients
calls for this element as they fail to understand that answers that
are not direct,” she said.


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