Sanskrit is a great unifying factor for India, MoS HRD tells States at CABE meeting

Several important resolutions, including one on dilution of the no-detention policy under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, were passed at the meeting.

Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi | Updated: October 26, 2016 8:02 am
Mahendra Nath Pandey, Sanskrit, indian culture, indian languages, Central Advisory Board of Education, CABE, education news, india news Prakash Javadekar addresses the 64th CABE meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Source: PTI)

Scientific knowledge should be available in Indian languages, and while Sanskrit is a great unifying factor for India, education should help inculcate pride in the country’s heritage, ancient achievements and value system, Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey said on Tuesday.

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Addressing state ministers during the concluding session of the meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), Pandey also emphasised the importance of military education for students. Even if 2,000 out of 10,000 students of Nalanda University had undergone military education they could have foiled Bakhtiyar Khilji’s plan to plunder and raze the ancient university.

Several important resolutions, including one on dilution of the no-detention policy under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, were passed at the meeting.

Congratulating the Madhya Pradesh government for launching an undergraduate engineering programme in Hindi, Pandey said, “Hamare desh mein language ki jo poor position hai..ki hum azaad toh ho gaye lekin azaadi ke baad bhi apni — meri baat ko koi galat mat samajhiye — apni mansik daridrata se ubhar nahin paye hain. Humne apne science and technology ki cheezon ko…theek se apni matri bhasha main uska nirman nahin kiya (Our languages are in a poor state. We are an independent country but we are still slaves to our impoverished mentality. We have created little scientific knowledge and content in our own languages)”

The MoS, however, clarified he is not opposed to English. “Angrezi ke hum virodhi nahin hai. Angrezi ki zaroorat hai desh aur duniya main. Usko pura sthan dena chahiye (We do not oppose English. The country and world needs it. It should get the space it deserves)

Pandey also said that while modern education is important, we shouldn’t let our ancient education system and originality be eclipsed. During the meeting, the Tamil Nadu education minister objected to the alleged imposition of Sanskrit by the Centre. Referring to this, Pandey said that Sanskrit is a great unifying factor for the country.
Calling for education to become an instrument to inculcate pride and nationalism in students, Pandey said, “Hum aap jab (kisi) vivah pe jate hain, kahin apne ko present karte hain, agar aapke purva khandaan ka naam jo hai bahut acha hai toh usko zaroor batate hain. Hamare case ka jo ateet hai woh adhik behtar hai. Uska garv se naam lene ka bhaav rakhna chahiye. Usmein koi sankoch nahin hona chahiye. Woh mazbooti hai. Uske liye Japan udahran hai, China udahran hai… aur isse vyaqt karne ke liye shiksha se bada rasta nahin hai (Say at a wedding, if we hail from good family, we proudly associate ourselves with the family name. In the case of our country, our past is rich and glorious. We should be proud of it. Japan and China are a good examples of that. There can be no better instrument than education to achieve this).”

He also suggested that government school teachers should not be roped in for non-teaching jobs such as census and election duty.

CABE, the highest advisory body on education, passed a resolution urging the HRD ministry to amend the RTE Act to dilute the no-detention policy. As per the proposal, CABE wants students to be promoted compulsorily up to Class V, after which each state would have the freedom to decide if it wants to hold a student back or not. Under present rules, no child can be failed up to class VIII.

The resolution also states that learning outcomes should be clearly codified in the rules of the Act. CABE also urged the Centre to extend the deadline to train untrained teachers, under the RTE Act, by five years until 2020. The law currently prohibits the government from hiring teachers who do not possess the minimum qualification laid down by National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). The state governments, as per the Act, had time will March 2015 to train all untrained teachers.

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar announced that his ministry would set up a new committee to look into the suggestions received on the new education policy. According to sources, the state governments have requested him to appoint their representatives on the panel this time. The five-member committee earlier set up by his predecessor, Smriti Irani, had four bureaucrats and one educationist. “The CABE has decided that the five pillars of the new education policy will be accessibility, quality, equity, accountability and affordability,” he told reporters after the meeting.

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First Published on: October 26, 2016 2:16 am
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    Ajitdada
    Oct 26, 2016 at 3:14 am
    The missionaries in India are forced to open english schools otherwise their foreign funding drops. wiping out native language is the basic idea behind Chritian missionaries to spread their b of worship through english knowledge. I wish at least missionaries start native language schools.
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      MyTake
      Oct 26, 2016 at 12:55 am
      Amalgamation of ancient India with modernity is a way to go. To accept the positives from the past, one does not have to deny the present or the future and all the scientific progress that comes with it. A real leader's job is to marry the two so the nations psychic does not feel left out.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;When more than half the humanity is suffering for lack of proper communication on the platform of humanity and real human value system, India has much to offer. It just has to open its door to its treasure house that got only positive things for all, wise and not so wise alike, giving room for improvement to everyone! The wise men has to come down from the Himalayas to the Smart Cities that are on the way.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;(Nations that do not value their past do not really deserve to have a future!)
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        MyTake
        Oct 26, 2016 at 12:46 am
        If even the treasure house of wisdom in Sanskrit, coming through stories is opened to high school students it will pay back to society in building up of good and responsible corporate citizens. This will strengthen the value system in society, decrease crime rates reducing police/hospital time as a consequence, not to talk about the unifying factor across borders that got anything to do with Indian ancestry! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Other byproduct of this will be even nations of non-Indian in origin, seeing the benefit in a model that ancient india along with Sanskrit has to offer, will also benefit from its positive influence/affect. Through give and take of positive things in life, humanity as a w will benefit.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Denying that opportunity is like a fool cutting off his her leg on which he or she supposed to stand!
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          SubbuI
          Oct 26, 2016 at 6:17 am
          INDIRACT AND BACK DOOR IMPOSION OF HINDI AND SYMALTANIOUS ENCOURAGEMENTS TO IMPOSE SANSKRIT WITH AMPLE INCENTIVE ASPER THE MASTER PLAN BY RSS TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY 2022 IF NALAYAK NMODI VOTED BACK TO POWER IN 2019. THIS IF EVEN 50% SUCCESSFUL INDIA WILL BREAK INTO MANY PIECES. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT
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            SubbuI
            Oct 26, 2016 at 1:15 pm
            YES MY SON.ASK YOUR MOTHER
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              secularindians
              Oct 26, 2016 at 6:53 pm
              I am for english dude but your statement is not true,Pushpak vimama techniques are used china for thier space program , they translated all sanskrit to chinese from lhasa library 10 years back and started using in their program , which was written by our own bharadwaj, now SLBM reaches america in 30 minutes
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                secularindians
                Oct 27, 2016 at 11:09 am
                This is not correct there are lakhs of people in Andra,telegana , kerala and karnataka who communicate in Hindi , Only in tamilnadu you might not get response in hindi back, some have started learning hindi , this is only for poor tamils to make there not aware apart from tamil world for political gains, this miss out more jobs etc, those people once become middle cl they will understand this this may take another 50 to 100 years . Also Hindi native speakers settlng in south slowly started learning lerning Tamil, Malyali and Kannada. Do not separate people on the basis of language
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                  secularindians
                  Oct 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm
                  no language depends on your mercy
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                    Pissgt;Ongt;Brahmans
                    Oct 26, 2016 at 1:43 am
                    Nonsense logic. Sanskrit language reducing crimes? Your head needs some serious therapy.
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                      Pissgt;Ongt;Brahmans
                      Oct 26, 2016 at 1:45 am
                      The great Mayans also had human sacrifice.
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                        Pissgt;Ongt;Brahmans
                        Oct 26, 2016 at 1:41 am
                        This is a joke. Past could be utter stupidity. Imagine Germany glorifying the beautiful Hitler era?
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                          ANS
                          Oct 26, 2016 at 7:26 am
                          They are completely confused about education policy.
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                            ams
                            Oct 26, 2016 at 5:35 pm
                            RSS propaa in full swing. No gives a shi$$ about Sanskrit once you step outside India. Even in India, it is barely used outside limited applications in medical field/academics. RSS mo-orons should stop flogging a dead horse.
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                              Diplomat
                              Oct 26, 2016 at 7:03 am
                              Ancient Indian mathematicians and scholars used language to record their study and finding in the prevalent language. For some of them it was Sanskrit. Language is only a carrier or medium. Would they have been less scholars if the language at that time was different than Sanskrit ? Wisdom, values and intelligence carried using a language are different than the language itself and we seem to be mixing them. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;When Newton wrote his physics (or mathematical expansion of his theories), do you think he wrote them in English. Answer would be yes and no. His English is not today's English as we all use now. It will be very difficult to read and understand it. Same goes with Shakespear. His English was different than today's English. Same applies to many other languages including those in India. Is Marathi language written and spoken in the year 1416 same as that of 2016? Answer is No. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Languages change and we need to accept it. Bringing back dead language will not get us the level of our glorious past (whatever it was) and also not make us ready for the future no matter how much monitory and social energy we spend in the process.
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                                Diplomat
                                Oct 26, 2016 at 6:44 am
                                Language itself does not have or create any value system or wisdom. Same values and wisdom can be expressed in any language. It is important that it is understandable to many others. What was the language spoken by Kuru khandaan (of Pandav and Kaurav)? What happened finally? Will you blame it on the language or you agree that the language and cultural values are two different issues?
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                                  Anil Sabaji
                                  Oct 26, 2016 at 2:11 am
                                  So you mean AmatyaSen is better than Aryabhatta? Childish fool, Just because you have mutation, does not mean English is supreme. One who dont have past will not have future also.
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                                    Archpagan
                                    Oct 26, 2016 at 2:12 pm
                                    Your soul liberally supported gleeful activities like slavery, castration and witch hunting.
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                                      Raj
                                      Oct 26, 2016 at 4:25 am
                                      And english is a vital connection with modernity - it must be prioritized over all other languages.
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                                        Raj
                                        Oct 26, 2016 at 4:34 am
                                        But even those Southern Christians who want to proliferate English (rightly but for the wrong reasons) speak rotten English. So, the quality and standard of language and its use is of a very very low standard - obviously, India is losing focus with all this politics over its history. Brahmins are responsible (although they are 5% of the potion and were never really conquerors), then you have the ST/BCs who are responsible because they are 'not good enough' - well these are two foolish ideas that are holding India back.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Sanskrit / Devnagri belongs to all Indians (from all walks) as it belongs to the so called upper cl - and tribal culture, Dravidian languages and rich heritage belongs to the so called Brahmins as they are Indian idenies.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So, in your disputes, don't forget the minor fact that everything that you might not like from another community is Indian ideny and intellectual property - why fight, when it belongs to you too?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And, English is a must - should be the first language for all for modernity, everything comes second - and proper English, not the South Indian version of it (or North). Proper English as it is meant to be spoken.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And kindly leave Indian history with the social scientists - it has nothing to do with science or engineering nothing at all. Like the useless, obsolete and redundant caste system, being a son of a scholars (ancient Indians) does not guarantee that you will be one too.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So, be reasonable, stop fighting amongst yourselves and think bigger and larger in the interest of your country *AND* all sections of the Indian family. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I really mean all sections of India.
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                                          Raj
                                          Oct 26, 2016 at 2:33 am
                                          Dynasties triumphs hilterianism in my view. Brahminism has a history in India, whether you like it or not, good and both both. They brought in written text and formalized ideas and helped India claim its' ideny - it is time you accepted this and moved on in your life. Yes, they had both Brahmins who were racists and discriminated, obviously - however, if you deny the obvious contributions from such a small minority (5 or so percent of the country I think), you are the Hitler hear and the Brahmins are the Jews that you lot are condemning for everything wrong in India.
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                                            Raj
                                            Oct 26, 2016 at 3:01 pm
                                            I remember some nutters wanting law in Tamil Nadu to be done in Tamil. They recently tried to translate hard engineering into Hindi at some UP university, failed miserably.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Don't limit these kids with the politics of it all - just educate them. Even I am learning Sanskrit and am fluent in Hindi, I know where my loyalties lie culturally - fluency in English does not make you 'forget' your heritage. India survived 5000 years of wars, cultural onslaughts and other challenges, trust your culture. North of South, Indian culture is time tested - it will endure.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Just don't play with the lives of these kids, educate them in English, promote good English.
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