The governor of Himachal Pradesh has urged the state government to make Sanskrit a compulsory subject till Class 12, saying the language was “an ocean of knowledge” and “mother of all languages”.
In his first mass address at the Raj Bhavan since he took oath on August 12, Acharya Dev Vrat said making the language a part of the curriculum will help teach cultural values to students.
The governor was speaking at a Teacher’s Day function held on Saturday to felicitate teachers who won the national award, and also to give away the state awards to the others.
The Himachal Pradesh government has already made study of Sanskrit compulsory till Class 10 and, after the function, chief minister Virbhadra Singh told reporters that the governor’s suggestion will be looked into.
The governor also told teachers to work for the all-round development of students. “There are two types of teachers in our system: one, those who never allow their students to grow, and the other - those who believe in all-round growth of students,” he said.
Dev Vrat also expressed concern about the drug menace that has gripped the state’s youth, particularly schoolchildren.
“Several people come to meet me. One thing that I have noticed is the rising drug menace. I am told that drugs are available in shops near educational institutions,” the governor said, emphasizing that it was the responsibility of teachers to keep children away from substance abuse.