[lg policy] Draft Education Policy Recommends Sanskrit at all Levels of School and Higher Education

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Sat Jun 1 10:31:24 EDT 2019


Draft Education Policy Recommends Sanskrit at all Levels of School and
Higher EducationThe Committee has recommended a simple standard to teach
'Sanskrit through Sanskrit' (STS) and make the works of Kalidasa and Bhasa
widely available.

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New Delhi: The draft of the New Education Policy 2019 has recommended that
Sanskrit should be offered at all levels of school and higher education as
one of the optional languages on par with all Schedule 8 languages. The
Committee has recommended a simple standard to teach 'Sanskrit through
Sanskrit' (STS) and make the works of Kalidasa and Bhasa widely available.

The NEP Committee headed by ISRO chief K Kasturirangan has recommended in
the draft NEP, “Sanskrit will be offered at all levels of school and higher
education as one of the optional languages on par with all Schedule 8
languages. Sanskrit textbooks at the Foundational and Middle school level
may be rewritten in Simple Standard Sanskrit (SSS) in order to teach
Sanskrit through Sanskrit (STS) and make its study truly enjoyable.”

According to the committee of experts, Sanskrit (and Prakrit) has played a
great role in the Indian tradition of the quest for knowledge, including
the study of the 64 kalas or liberal arts and hence has recommended the
study of Sanskrit and knowledge of its extensive literature.

The draft read: “Considering the special importance of Sanskrit to the
growth and development of Indian languages, and its unique contribution to
knowledge development in as well as the cultural unity of the country,
facilities for the study of Sanskrit, its scientific nature, and including
samplings of diverse ancient and medieval writings in Sanskrit from a
diverse set of authors like the plays of Kalidasa and Bhasa, will be made
widely available in schools

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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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