Third language: Govt asks KVs to not replace Sanskrit with German

The ministry also told the bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw that the MoU had “not been referred to the HRD ministry at any stage”.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published:October 16, 2014 2:33 am

Following a litigation by the Sanskrit Shikshak Sangh against alleged “replacement” of Sanskrit with foreign languages in Kendriya Vidyalayas, the HRD Ministry has asked the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan to reconsider its decision. The KV schools will now not offer foreign languages as third language.

Sanskrit teachers had moved Delhi High Court alleging that KVS had introduced German as a third language in place of Sanskrit against the education policy. The HRD ministry in an affidavit filed Wednesday said it had asked the KVS to reconsider its decision and bring it in line with the National Education Policy 1968, which prescribes a three language formula.

“MoU between KVS and Goethe Institute-Max Mueller Bhawan for identifying and training Sanskrit teachers as German teachers has not been renewed and the matter has been remitted back to the KVS for consideration by its board of Governors de novo so as to align it with the provisions if the National Policy on Education, 1968b and the National Curriculum Framework, 2005,” the HRD ministry has said.

The ministry also told the bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw that the MoU had “not been referred to the HRD ministry at any stage”.

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  1. A
    Nov 14, 2014 at 8:43 am
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    Ashok Sridharan
    Oct 16, 2014 at 7:39 am
    I think it makes imminent sense to have our future generations learn Sanskrit rather than foreign languages. My personal experience is that most students can barely read or write a single accurate sentence after learning the language for years- don't even get me started on the pathetic speaking skills of most Indian students who claim to have scored 100/100 in their board papers.
  3. M
    Nov 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm
    tomorrow is children's day u have to tell ur decision . ask the children of kvs what they want I bet that most of the students will prefer german and not sanskrit
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    Harsh Chadha
    Nov 14, 2014 at 8:15 am
    I got a job due to foreign language and my family have been eating due to it. If not german then why we learn english ? Who will give us job in MNCs? We should promote foreign languages..
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    Harsh Chadha
    Oct 16, 2014 at 11:40 am
    Well said !!Promote globalisation which helps in career a lot.
  6. L
    Nov 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm
    do u know how old is south Indian languages?
  7. L
    Nov 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm
    you with your sanskrit. who said its the mother of all langauges? do u have any proof?
  8. M
    Oct 17, 2014 at 5:23 am
    right, look at Germans they are learning Hindi. One of the highest spoken language of this world, language of one of the biggest markets of the world!errr not true, looks like only Indians are looking for globalization. Rest of the world is taking pride in their language, culture and ethics. Do you see why we are losers? I guess not.Namaste.
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