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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    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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