Many students opting for Punjabi and Hindi over Sanskrit

Schools prefer to provide students with foreign languages such as German and French as optional subjects

Written by Ifrah Mufti | Chandigrah | Published: October 3, 2013 12:52:34 am

Sanskrit,which students used to consider as the most scoring subject is coming down in their preference charts as most of the city students are either opting for Punjabi or Hindi in Class IX and X as their optional subject.

According to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) guidelines,there is a provision of three language formula in schools till Class VIII,with English being compulsory. Class IX onwards,students can choose between Sanskrit,Punjabi and Hindi. Most schools don’t have an option of Sanskrit as a subject. School authorities feel Sanskrit was earlier popular among students but these days,there are no takers for the language.

The latest trend also shows that now schools prefer to provide students,foreign languages such as German and French as optional subjects.

Reema Dewan,principal of Delhi Public School said,“We have a mixed bunch of students opting for all the subjects including Punjabi,Hindi,Sanskrit or French. Maximum number of students opt for Hindi,then Punjabi and French. Punjabi is the regional language,which is why more students opt for it,while those who wish to go for Punjab Civil Services also opt for Punjabi considering career prospects and Hindi is the mother tongue and is preferred by most of the students.” Delhi Public School also plans to bring in German language in the school as an optional subject for students.

While at Ryan International School,Sector 49,there are only eight students in Class IX and X who have opted for Sanskrit. Of 204 students studying in Class X,only four students have opted for Sanskrit. Principal,Poonam Sharma said,“Mostly students opt for Hindi or Punjabi considering the prospects of government jobs in Punjab itself. While we also have French as an optional language but only those students opt for French who wish to do something specifically in Linguistics.

Rakesh Sachdev,principal,DAV Model School,Sector 15 said,“These days,large number of students are seen opting for Hindi as compared to Punjabi or Sanskrit as they find it a scoring subject. Around 70 per cent of students in my school have opted for Hindi against Punjabi.”

Interestingly,only one student has opted for Sanskrit in Ajit Karam Singh International Public School (AKSIPS) Sector 4. The principal,Jagjeet Sekhon said the school doesn’t provide Sanskrit for Class IX and X. The subject is optional till Class VIII and only one student has opted for the subject.

Most school principals echoed the same saying students opt for Punjabi or Hindi more instead of Sanskrit because Sanskrit doesn’t have any scope in future,whereas Punjabi and Hindi could be helpful in the long run.

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