Emphasis on primary education in mother tongue, Hindi and Sanskrit as medium of teaching for all central universities, “internationalisation” of higher education by focusing on yoga, ayurveda, Sanskrit and spirituality, among others, to attract foreign students, and compulsory foundation courses on “Bharat”. These are some of the recommendations in a 20-point agenda the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has placed before the HRD Ministry for inclusion in the new education policy.
“Central universities should play a role in providing education in Hindi and Sanskrit which would go a long way in promoting national integration and Indian culture. Translation of works from foreign and regional languages into Hindi and Sanskrit has to be undertaken in mission mode,” a recommendation from the ABVP document reads.
Stating that “innovation and entrepreneurship” and “promotion of national integration/Indian culture…must go hand in hand in central institutions”, ABVP, the RSS’s student front, has recommended that regulatory bodies should give priority to institutions that start teaching in Indian languages.
To promote cultural integration through language, the ABVP says, “All centrally funded institutions should start teaching in Hindi, and whenever possible in local state languages.”
Making a point for teaching in Hindi and other languages, it says, “Indian masses suffer due to lack of skills and opportunities as they are not allowed to learn in their mother tongues. It creates inferiority complex in the minds of most Indians as they are not fluent in English.”
The ABVP has also called for starting a “foundation course on Bharat”, which should include shastras, history, culture, philosophy, lifestyle of ancient India. “Such courses should be made mandatory in all higher education programs,” it says.