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Confusion over ‘mandatory’ Hindi test in Delhi University

The exam, which is mandatory to get a degree, has led to some discomfiture, especially among students from the Northeast, many of whom say they have not studied Hindi beyond Class VIII. Satyawati (Evening) College was the first one to put up the notice, on September 14

Written by Shradha Chettri | New Delhi | Updated: September 20, 2017 8:09 am
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The row over the Compulsory Hindi Test (CHT) has returned to Delhi University, with some colleges putting up a notice asking all students to appear for the exam, scheduled at the end of the semester.

The exam, which is mandatory to get a degree, has led to some discomfiture, especially among students from the Northeast, many of whom say they have not studied Hindi beyond Class VIII. Satyawati (Evening) College was the first one to put up the notice, on September 14.

It reads, “All students of the first, second and third year are hereby informed that those students who have not studied Hindi in classes VIII, X and XII are required to appear for the CHT. Otherwise, after passing the course, they will not be issued a degree certificate.”

The test is mandatory for those who opted out of Hindi after Class VIII. The Hindi department had, last year, asked college principals to identify such students and start a course, so that everyone graduating from the university knew basic Hindi. This proposal was cleared by the academic council on July 2016. But following protests last year, colleges decided not to implement the move at the time.

On Tuesday, the North East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS), a students’ body, submitted a memorandum to Satyawati (Evening) College principal Keshav Gupta, highlighting the issue.

While DU’s Academic Council had earlier exempted students from Manipur, Sikkim, Nagaland, Mizoram (Scheduled Tribes) and Khasi (Tribe Hills), colleges appeared to be unaware of this fact, leaving many students confused.

“We have put up the notice but there is no clarity on what happens to students from the Northeast. Last year, when the date-sheet for the examination was announced, it was written that they are exempted.”

No new circular has been sent to the colleges from the Hindi department this year.Some colleges, including Dyal Singh College, have already started teaching the course. In Ramjas College, CHT is compulsory for first-year students of BA Programme.

“For this year, second- and third-year students have been clubbed and put in one time slot, as such students are usually less in number. From next year, it has been decided the CHT will be offered in the second year,” said Rajeev Kunwar of Dyal Singh College’s Hindi department. In the absence of a fresh circular, some colleges have not implemented the move.

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      Saurabh
      Sep 20, 2017 at 3:42 pm
      If it was not made clear to the students from the start then it must be shelved. This type of requirement should be made clear at the time of admission itself.
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        Rohini
        Sep 20, 2017 at 2:02 pm
        Completely arbitrary and chauvinistic. Needs to be countered strongly. Hindi imposition by a university where choice of subject is the basis of a degree. Why does one need a test in Hindi for ALL streams?
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          Dipti
          Sep 20, 2017 at 9:19 am
          This is arrogant, dictatorial, chauvinistic,inhuman...words fail. The students should rise in unison to stop this shameful act. Hindi walla students too because unless they are seen as on the side of diversity, they will face the fire once they step out of their domain.
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            Rao
            Sep 20, 2017 at 9:12 am
            Now I understand that every state has a right to make students graduating from their territories pass a test in their regional language. Hindiites should not complain.
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              Dipti
              Sep 20, 2017 at 9:31 am
              I am sorry, but you are misinformed. I passed out of Calcutta University and there is no rule binding students to take any language test at the graduation level. Besides, Delhi University is a central university. This step must have been taken at the behest of the Hindi-Hindu-Hindustani BJP government.
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                Critical
                Sep 20, 2017 at 11:57 am
                No it was not been started by BJP. I studied in Delhi University in 70's and this was very much there. A student from Kerala who topped B.A.Honours (History) and had got admission to JNU for MA did not clear it and was declined the Degree. It was started by Congress. Sadly the compulsory Hindi exam will come just before the main exam - was unfair. It was started by Congress and was there from there times, but BJP appears to be continuing it. Very unfair.
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