Set-up cells at IITs, NITs, IISc to study S

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 2016-02-22 20:30 Bengaluru: CBSE, ICSE, NIOS, Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya schools should strictly implement the three-language formula till the last year of secondary education and two languages at the higher secondary level to enable students to learn Sanskrit as one of the languages, says the committee formed by the HRD ministry to suggest a 10-year road map for the development of Sanskrit. The committee—which included Dr HR Nagendra of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA) and Prof Srinivas Varkhedi of Karnataka Sanskrit University—has submitted its recommendations to the Centre. The report notes that CBSE, ICSE, NIOS, KV and NV schools have implemented the three-language formula up to Class 8 and the two-language formula till Class 9 and 10, and one language till Class 11 and 12, though most of the state boards have the three-language formula till Class 10 and the two-language formula till Class 11 and 12. “Not studying Sanskrit at Higher Secondary level impacts the number of students at UG and PG level. Hence a direction may be given to these boards to strictly implement Three-Language Formula till the last year of Secondary Education i.e. up to 10th and two languages at 11th and 12th,” says the committee in its report. In order to give fillip to the study of science and technology in Sanskrit, the committee has also recommended setting-up Sanskrit learning cells in IITs, NITs, IISERs, IIITs, IISc, central universities and at AICTE approved technical colleges. The report has also recommended the setting up of Model Sanskrit Medium Schools in every state to impart modern education along with traditional education through Sanskrit. The committee is also in favour of including Sanskrit as an optional language in science, commerce and other disciplines at the UG level, offering M.Phil, M.Ed and PhD in Sanskrit medium, and allowing writing of dissertations in Sanskrit.