The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that it has introduced foreign languages as only an “optional subject” for better career prospective of students and has “not removed Sanskrit language” from its curriculum.
“These languages cannot be accommodated within the three language formula. However, depending on the demand for the study of these languages and the infrastructure resources available in schools, these languages may be offered as additional options at a secondary stage… Students are at liberty to opt for any one of the languages,” KVS informed the court of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath.
The counsel for KVS also informed court that “steps were being taken to preserve Sanskrit.”
The submissions were made in an affidavit filed by KVS in response to a plea by Sanskrit Shiksak Sangh against a decision by KVS to introduce foreign languages “in place” of Sanskrit in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) in 2010.
The PIL filed by Sanskrit Shiksa Sanghthan, an umbrella body of teachers and scholars of the language, had claimed the move not only violated the National Education Policy and the Three Language Formula of 1968, but will also do “irreparable damage to Sanskrit language and Indian culture”.
“In view of the fast increasing international interaction and co-operation in socio-political, education, culture and economic fields, a growing need for learning more foreign languages like Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, French, German, Arabic, Persian, and Spanish has recently been felt,” the affidavit submitted by KVS said.