Hindi mandatory till Class 10: President agrees in principle

The HRD Ministry has been asked to “encourage” institutes that do not have Hindi department to open such departments.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 19, 2017 1:00 pm
cbse, hrd ministry, hindi in schools, education news President Pranab Mukherjee. (Source: PTI)

The President has given “in principle” approval to the recommendation made by a Parliamentary panel that the “HRD Ministry needs to make credible efforts for making Hindi a compulsory subject” and Hindi should be “compulsorily taught in all CBSE schools and Kendriya Vidyalayas until Class X”. “The Central government should discuss with the state governments and form a policy,” a Presidential order, dated March 31, stated.

The HRD Ministry has been asked to “encourage” institutes that do not have Hindi department to open such departments. The panel, set up under the Official Languages Act, had submitted its ninth set of recommendations to the President in 2011. These were sent to different ministries and state governments for their comments.

Of the total 117 recommendations to promote the use of Hindi in various spheres of public life, the government has rejected and modified many. Accepted recommendations include one which “stresses” that “those holding top government posts, especially those who read and speak Hindi, give their speeches/statements in Hindi. This category includes the President and all ministers”.

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Among the significant ones rejected include a recommendation that “proper efforts to be made for implementing Article 102 of the Constitution for using Hindi/mother tongue in Parliament”, and a recommendation that sought the “withdrawal of government recognition” of schools that do not “impart primary education in Hindi or mother tongue”.

The government also rejected “penal provision” for failure to implement the Official Language Act, besides a recommendation that companies that have “shares of people and the government” use Hindi as per the Official Language Act.

Accepted ones include equal honorarium for guest speakers at Hindi workshops organised by ministries at par with speakers at workshops on other subjects; Hindi translators and co-announcers of Akashvani be given salary at par with translators of foreign languages like French, Nepalese; filling vacancies for the post of Hindi officers in various departments, introducing the option of writing answers and giving interviews in Hindi in higher education institutions of non-Hindi speaking states, and in central services, Railway purchase of only those electronic equipment that also have the facility to work in Devnagari, tickets of Railways and Air India to also have information in Hindi, and Hindi as an option to write answers in all UPSC examinations.

Among the rejected recommendations are the introduction of a column in ACRs of government employees about the monthly targets made and achieved for Hindi; a column in ACR about their “ability to write columns etc in Hindi”; minimum knowledge of Hindi for government jobs, and a provision to introduce Hindi examination for those seeking jobs in central departments.

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Some recommendations have been modified. The original recommendation that the Ministry of External Affairs make a “time-bound programme to make Hindi a language of the UN” and implement it has been modified with the caveat that the ministry make a “budget estimate” for this scheme and then “deliberate over preparing the programme”. The recommendation that “products of all companies” should carry details in Hindi has been modified and made obligatory only for government, quasi-government companies and organisations.

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  1. G
    Apr 20, 2017 at 4:12 am
    What kind of President are you, Pranab ? One day you bat for secularism, multiculturalism, multi-racialism, diversity and another day you impose ONE language on others whose mother tongue is not Hindi. Shame on you.You are another hypocrite.
    1. D
      Apr 19, 2017 at 6:26 pm
      Hindi is a regional language of 4 or 5 states only. It is not a national language at all. Hindi was imposed by Rajendra Prasad on the rest of India; that was wrong and as a result we do not have any National Language even 70 years after independence. This is a great shame and the Hindiwalas are responsible for that. Sanskrit should be the National Language of India as it is the mother of almost all languages of India.
      1. R
        Apr 20, 2017 at 10:47 am
        Sanskrit is not an Indian language while hindi is a kichdi of many languages itself. Native languages should be promoted vs a dead language sanskrit or this kichdi hindi
      2. S
        Apr 19, 2017 at 5:22 pm
        Why not use amese, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Kannada instead. Dirty proposal
        1. S
          Apr 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm
          Please dump this nonsense of a proposal. Otherwise you will find the entire country in flames
          1. V
            Valentin C
            Apr 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm
            A bad move. The Government is reopening old scars at a time when development should be the motto. Instead of pushing Hindi down the throats of non-Hindi speakers, the Hindi speaking po tion can be asked to learn at least one South Indian language. This is the most logical thing to do.
            1. V
              Apr 19, 2017 at 4:48 pm
              This is a solid move by Modi Gov't. It will bind the entire nation in one thread. Hindi is spoken, written & understood by majority of people in India. Hindi speaking po tion is there in all parts of the country. Opposition too would endorse this decision.
              1. D
                Dbbb Db
                Apr 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm
                Time of disintegration of India is nearing . These HINDI bhashik belt politicians are biggest trouble for Indias secularistic and pluralistic culture. Nehru denied rights to Sikhs, Indira brought agitation in Souther states, Rajeev slaughters sikhs and killed tamils and Now BJP is forcing people to learning Hindi . Why do not make Hindi bhashik people compulsory to learn one languages other than HINDI then they will understand to deviate from mother tongue. Already children are burdened with English,mother tongue and other subjects.
                1. R
                  Apr 19, 2017 at 2:44 pm
                  So the hindi speaking students have to study one subject less compared to non-hindi speaking students!
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