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Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri Jan 11 11:29:22 EST 2019


Javadekar's Defence After New Policy Draft Says 'Hindi Must be Compulsory
Till Class 8'The NEP aims to implement an 'India-centric' and 'scientific'
system of learning in schools, the report said.

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Updated:January 10, 2019, 12:41 PM IST
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The key recommendations in the draft report prepared by the K Kasturirangan
committee on the New Education Policy (NEP) include adhering to the
three-language formula with Hindi mandatory till Class 8 across the
country, a uniform syllabus for Science and Maths and promoting education
based on skill.

Currently, Hindi isn’t compulsory at schools in many non-Hindi-speaking
states, such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, West
Bengal and Assam.

The NEP aims to implement an “India-centric” and “scientific” system of
learning in schools, according to the Indian Express. As per reports, the
NEP has also advocated for developing a syllabus for up to Class 5 in local
languages, such as Awadhi, Bhojpuri, Maithili, etc., in areas where they
are spoken.

The article quoted HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar to say the report was
ready and committee members had sought an appointment. Javadekar has said
on several occasions that it is a policy based document from 2020 to 2040
meant to educate a generation.

However, Javadekar later took to Twitter to clarify that no language was
being imposed.

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recommended making any language compulsory. This clarification is
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The move, however, has not gone down well with all parties, with the
southern states accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of
“majoritarianism”. DMK’s A Sarvanan said, “Every time this government tries
to impose it, we are going to oppose it. The three-language formula is
unworkabale. Any language that is not mother tongue is alien language for
us.” He added, “Just because the majority of the people speak Hindi, it
does not mean other states who don’t speak the language must also learn it.”

TDP’s Lanka Dinakar said, “Imposition is not good for society. Regional
language must be given more priority otherwise students will not understand
the core essence of the subject.”



The view was echoed by Sanddep Deshpane of the MNS, who said the BJP
“always advocates Hindi, Hindu, Hindustan but we oppose it. We have always
said Hindi should not be made compulsory. All regional languages must be
given priority and Hindi should not get any special status.” BJP’s sulking
ally Shiv Sena too said regional languages must be given priority.

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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