[lg policy] Draft NEP: Change undermines spirit of 3-language formula,

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Wed Jun 5 10:54:30 EDT 2019


Draft NEP: Change undermines spirit of 3-language formula, say dissenting
panel membersKasturirangan said the recommendation on having flexibility in
the choice of languages was “misunderstood”, and said that there is “no
coercion”, but the proposal “was understood to be otherwise”.
Written by Ritika Chopra
<https://indianexpress.com/profile/author/ritika-chopra/> |New Delhi |Updated:
June 5, 2019 8:04:42 am

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2019, Hindi imposition, Hindi language controversy, 3-language policy,
draft education policy, draft education policy 2019, national education
policy 2019, new national education policy draft]Following protests by
political parties, mainly in Tamil Nadu, on what they called the
“imposition” of Hindi, the HRD Ministry at Kasturirangan’s behest shared a
revised document on its website on Monday.

The provision that stipulated Hindi as one of the languages that students
should study from Grade 6 was included in the draft National Education
Policy (NEP) after detailed discussion and its removal undermines the
spirit of the three-language formula, committee members K M Tripathy and
Ram Shankar Kureel told The Indian Express <https://indianexpress.com/> on
Tuesday.
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As first reported by this newspaper, Kureel and Tripathy had on Monday objected
to their chairperson K Kasturirangan’s decision
<https://indianexpress.com/article/education/3-language-policy-national-education-policy-draft-revised-2-members-object-5763516/>
to
revise a contentious paragraph, dropping a reference to Hindi and English
in the recommendation on bringing flexibility in the implementation of the
three-language formula.

Following protests by political parties, mainly in Tamil Nadu, on what they
called the “imposition” of Hindi, the HRD Ministry at Kasturirangan’s
behest shared a revised document on its website on Monday.
Kasturirangan said the recommendation on having flexibility in the choice
of languages was “misunderstood”, and said that there is “no coercion”, but
the proposal “was understood to be otherwise”.

“Parliament had approved the last National Education Policy in 1986 and
thereafter the Ramamurti committee had approved the three-language formula.
The (NEP 2018) committee has no intention of imposing any language and it
isn’t mandatory to implement the formula, but to undermine it completely is
also not acceptable. I do not agree with this change,” Tripathy, former
chairperson of Uttar Pradesh High School and Intermediate Examination, told
The Indian Express.
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“We all respect him (Kasturirangan). My limited point is that the (NEP) rep

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 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
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