The Centre on Friday said there would be no Sanskrit examinations for Kendriya Vidyalaya students who have switched to the subject, instead of German as the third language, during the academic session.
Appearing before the Supreme Court Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said the government had “found a way out” for the students and the decision not to hold the examination for Sanskrit was taken at the “highest level.” Rohatgi, however, said the government stood by its decision to replace German with Sanskrit as the third language and that German would continue as an optional hobby language.
The Centre’s decision not to conduct exams for Sanskrit comes after the SC on November 28 questioned the logic behind introducing the subject mid-session. While hearing a petition filed by a parent, a bench of Justices AR Dave and Kurien Joseph supported the government move but found it irrational to subject the students to
stress at a time when they were preparing for their examinations.
“It’s a good solution,” Justice Dave told Singh. “What is the objection now? I will very happy if my son is studying Sanskrit and German in additional to it,” he said.
Rohatgi handed over a letter sent to him by the Ministry of Human Resources which states, “In view of the concern of the court, and to ensure that no stress is caused to the students, there will be no examination in this academic session for those students studying Sanskrit, or any other modern Indian language as the third language now, in place of German as the third language, for the remaining part of the current academic year.”
The decision is expected to affect over 75,000 students across 500 KVs from classes 6 to 8 who will be asked to switch from German to Sanskrit.
CBSE schools might follow suit
The centre is likely to ask CBSE-affiliated schools to introduce Sanskrit as the third language, under the three language formula, from the next academic session.
“The SC has put its stamp on our stand, so it is implied that the schools affiliated with the CBSE will have to follow, as teaching foreign language in these schools as a third language becomes legally untenable,” an HRD ministry official said.