IITs asked to offer Sanskrit as elective: Smriti Irani

Irani says 2,463 teaching positions were vacant in these institutes as on 1 September 2015


A file photo of HRD minister Smriti Irani. Photo: Hindustan Times
A file photo of HRD minister Smriti Irani. Photo: Hindustan Times

New Delhi: The HRD ministry on Thursday said IITs have been requested to offer Sanskrit as an elective subject or as a language course for students who wish to study it.

In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani said a committee headed by former CEC N Gopalaswami, had suggested that IITs may facilitate study of science and technology as reflected in Sanskrit literature, along with inter-disciplinary study of Sanskrit and modern subjects.

“In consonance with the recommendations, IITs have been requested to offer Sanskrit as an elective subject or as a language course for students who wish to study the language,” Irani said.

Responding to another question related to IITs, Irani said although 2,463 teaching positions in these institutes were vacant as on 1 September 2015, research scholars, contract adjunct and visiting faculty more than adequately compensated for these.