While the NDA government’s decision to replace German with Sanskrit as a third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas has generated much controversy, KVs have also been asked to revive the practice of offering Sanskrit as an optional subject in Class XI and XII.
According to a circular dated December 5, in the KVS board meeting on October 27 when it was decided to scrap German as a third language, KVs were also asked to “offer teaching of Sanskrit language in Class XI from the session 2015-16 in all Kendriya Vidyalayas having Senior Secondary classes”. “Sanskrit (core) will be offered as one of the options in lieu of an elective subject. For this, teachers may be appointed initially on contract basis,” read the circular.
According to senior government sources, this is not a shift at the policy level since on paper KVs were always offering Sanskrit in Classes XI and XII. But, because of negligible demand for the subject, the schools had discontinued the practice of recruiting PGT teachers to teach the language at the Plus Two level. As a result, students of Classes XI and XII were not offered the optional subject.
However, the sources added that the development indicates that the government is laying greater emphasis on the language.