Karnataka government on Monday asked the Centre to ensure “convergence” in the approach of the two governments when the state’s appeal in Supreme Court against an order of the High Court on its language policy comes up for hearing this month.
“It may be advisable for governments of India and Karnataka to adopt a similar stand while filing the counter affidavit before Supreme Court when the state’s Special Leave Petition comes for hearing by this month end”, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The Karnataka High Court had on July 2, 2008 struck down the 1994 language policy that made Kannada the compulsory medium of instruction in primary schools. Challenging this, the state has filed the SLP in the Apex court.
Seeking to capitalise on the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act recently enacted by Parliament, Yeddyurappa said Section 29 (2)(f) of the Act stated that the medium of instructions shall, as far as practicable, be in the child’s mother tongue.
“I request that you may kindly advise the Ministry of HRD in this regard so that there is convergence in approach between the Centre and the state when the matter is heard by Supreme Court,” he said in the letter.