Now Class XII students of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) affiliated junior colleges can learn Marathi literature. The state board has decided to introduce Marathi literature as one of the optional subjects from 2013-14.
Jagdish Kadam,convener of MSBSHSEs Board of Studies for Marathi,told Newsline that the move aims to develop a liking towards literature among students of science and commerce streams too.
Students from non-arts stream often dont come in contact with literature though several are fond of it, he said. The State Board had,a few years ago,introduced English literature as an optional subject for junior college students. Kadam said Marathi literature was available as an optional subject for Class XI since last year and it was the policy decision by the government to bring it for Class XII also. Marathi literature as a subject offers critical analysis of different literary terms besides offering actual exposure to it.
Neela Kadam,coordinator of Board of Studies for Marathi,said the subject would have 100 marks with 20 marks for project-based work. We have exerted due focus on traditional literature like Bhupali,Abhangas,Owis and Phatakas besides focussing on classic and contemporary literature. Acclaimed drama Veej Mhanali Dhartila of eminent Marathi poet, late V V Shirwadkar and compilation of articles on wildlife and forests by writer Maruti Chitampalli have been recently included for rapid reading, she said.