[lg policy] From the Archives of the Hindu, June 3, 1965: All languages for UPSC exams

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Thu Jun 4 14:50:19 UTC 2015


*All languages for UPSC exams*

The Congress Working Committee to-day [June 2] gave its approval, with some
modification, to the draft Bill for the amendment of the Official Languages
Act prepared by the Government of India on the continued use of English. A
spokesman for the Committee told Pressmen that the purposes for which
English must be compulsorily used in addition to Hindi would be specified
in the Bill itself, and that only minor items would be left to the
Government to announce by framing Rules under the Act. The language policy
unanimously accepted by the Working Committee envisages the compulsory
introduction of the three-language formula in the curriculum right up to
the university stage.

The Union Public Service Commission examinations will be conducted in
English, Hindi and the other national languages mentioned in the
Constitution. There will be a compulsory paper each in Hindi and English,
and in the case of candidates whose mother-tongue is Hindi, there will be a
compulsory paper in one other language mentioned in the Constitution. The
Committee also decided that the regional language of each State would be
the medium of administration as well as instruction up to the university
stage, as early as possible. The standard of teaching of Hindi is to be
raised progressively in the schools as well as at the university stage.
English would continue to be taught as the language which has an important
role to play in national and international affairs.


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