KV language row: No Sanskrit exam in this session, government tells Supreme Court

The decision came after SC expressed concern that students would be burdened because of govt's decision.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: December 6, 2014 3:13 pm

Kendriya Vidyalaya students will not have to appear for Sanskrit examination in the current academic session, the government told the Supreme Court on Friday. The court said it as a “good solution” to put an end to the controversy triggered over the decision to immediately replace German with Sanskrit as the third language in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools.

Sticking to its stand on introduction of Sanskrit in KVs from this session and not deferring it in accordance with the court’s suggestion last week, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that the government has taken note of the concerns expressed by the court.

“In order to make sure no stress is caused to the students due to introduction of Sanskrit mid-session, the government has decided to dispense with the exam for Sanskrit this year. There will be no exam and hence no question of stress arises,” the AG told a bench of Justices Anil R Dave and Kurian Jospeph.

In the court, Rohatgi handed over a letter by the HRD Ministry, which stated: “In view of the concern of the Hon’ble Court, and to ensure that no stress is caused to the students, there will be no examinations in this academic session for those students studying Sanskrit or any other Modern Indian Language as the Third Language now, in place of German as the Third Language, for the remaining part of the current academic year.”

He said that the government has found a “way out” and claimed that the entire Parliament had supported their decision to replace German during a recent debate on the issue in the House.

When asked what happens to students who wanted to continue studying German, the AG told the bench that the foreign language could be studied as an additional language by option. “Students can study Sanskrit and German but German will not be considered the Third Language,” the AG maintained.

“We think it is a good solution. What can be a problem if there is no exam and those students studying German will also be allowed to continue learning it? If our children learn Sanskrit without any stress and they are also allowed to continue German, we don’t see a problem at all,” observed the bench.

Justice Dave expressed his fondness for Sanskrit, saying. “I cannot say it about anyone else but I love Sanskrit. I would happily agree if if my child studies Sanskrit in addition to German. If students study Sanskrit, I feel their future will be brighter.”

The bench, however, also asked Rohatgi to clarify the government’s stand over teaching any other Modern Language besides Sanskrit in KVs and whether there will be exam for German in this session for students who have chosen to continue studying it.

The lawyer appearing for the parents of the affected students conveyed her apprehensions regarding the proposed solution and sought time to consult parents before making any statement. The court allowed her plea and adjourned the matter to Monday.

The government was last week compelled to revisit its decision to immediately replace German with Sanskrit as the compulsory third language from Class VI to VIII in KVs, with the Supreme Court nudging it to put off the implementation to the next academic year.

Questioning why students should suffer because of the mistake of the government, the court had urged the Centre to defer its decision.

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    Dec 6, 2014 at 1:36 am
    The students are opting for German not out of love of that language or a dislike to Sanskrit, but in the hope of improving their career prospects. There are many students who cannot read and write their mother tongue as they lived in a different state. Their parents consider that it would be an additional load on them if they were to learn their mother tongue and consequently make them less proficient in the subjects they wish to pursue their career. It is therefore best if the additional languages including Sanskrit were not made compulsory. In any case changing the curriculum in the middle of the year was to score a political point and not in the interest of the students.
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      Subramani
      Dec 6, 2014 at 7:24 am
      The Languge row is media created. There was never a Ban on German; rather a move to give German the same status as other Foreighn languages like French, Spanish, anese etc. I oppose the move to teach Snskrit compulsory as India does not have enough people to teach Sanskrit, Already many of my Delhi buddies mistakenly prounce Sanskrit words liek Hindi! (No concept of Halanths!)
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      1. Sakshi Chopra
        Dec 6, 2014 at 6:44 am
        read news in english at :visit new portal for gujarati news : :vishwagujarat/en/
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          Sriram Kumar
          Dec 6, 2014 at 7:17 pm
          Akbaruddin Owaisi spews venom against Indian Goddesses & Beliefs. No TV channel speaks out..Sadhvi makes political statement.. And the w media comes out and barks for a week!!!!!!!!!
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            Vns
            Dec 5, 2014 at 7:06 pm
            I am appalled at the atude of English Press. Countries like Germany and France spending their money to promote their language in a foreign country whereas our own people are discrediting our languages. Why should we have the atude that learning German would get them a job in Germany ? does that mean that we cannot create jobs for our future generation in our own country ? why should the future generation study in India if they are getting an education not fit for employment in this country.?
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