KVs offer concession to students taking Sanskrit as third language

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 20, 2014 00:04 IST

In view of HRD ministry sticking to its stand on introducing Sanskrit as a third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) mid-session, the KV Sangathan (KVS) has decided to provide concession to students, which includes postponing their third and fourth assessment tests and using grades earned for German for compilation of final results.

Further, to reduce the burden on students who will be taking up Sanskrit for the first time, all the three classes (class VI-VIII) will be taught the syllabus of first term of class VI.

“Formative assessment (3rd and 4th) is scheduled for third fourth week of November. However there will be no test for the students for the third language. Their assessment and examination scheduled will be intimated subsequently,” a KVS circular sent to all schools on Tuesday said.

The governing board of KVs in its meeting on October 27 had directed that teaching of the German language as an option to Sanskrit be discontinued. The decision is likely to affect about over 70,000 students from classes VI to VIII who have been asked to switch from German to Sanskrit.

The circular said, “The grades obtained by students for the earlier term of learning German... would be considered for finalising the compilation of results for their totals in the third language.”

Meanwhile German Ambassador Michael Steiner reached out to Sanskrit Sikshak Sangh and RSS ideologue Dinanath Batra, resolving to find a solution through cultural exchanges.

After the meeting Steiner tweeted, “In-depth exchange with Sanskrit Shikshak Sangh leaders on Sanskrit & German in very friendly atmosphere.”

While Batra did not comment on the meeting, a member of the Sangh present in the meeting said the German side did not seek reconsideration of Sangh’s opposition to German as third language but sought cooperation in promotion of both languages.

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