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Students stage dharna at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) against the appointment of a Muslim teacher of Sanskrit at the Universirty, in Varanasi (PTI)
Students stage dharna at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) against the appointment of a Muslim teacher of Sanskrit at the Universirty, in Varanasi (PTI)

Language wars take centrestage in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh

  • On Wednesday, an order was issued by the Andhra government, making English the medium of education in classes 1 to 6 from the next academic session
  • In Uttar Pradesh, students at BHU have been protesting after the university appointed a Muslim as a professor in the Sanskrit department

New Delhi: Controversy sparked over language in both Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh this week. While in Andhra Pradesh, it was over the implementation of English as the medium of education, in Uttar Pradesh it was over the appointment of a Muslim professor at the Banaras Hindu University’s Sanskrit department.

On Wednesday, an order was issued by the Andhra government, making English the medium of education in classes 1 to 6, replacing Telugu, from the next academic session. English as a medium of education will be introduced in classes 7 to 10 in the subsequent four years. The decision has faced criticism from opposition parties, including former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

“We will go ahead with English medium schools, come what may. We have to prepare the students to boldly face and stand up to the requirements of the technology-driven world and we should not be found wanting in it. We should not feel guilty by not preparing the generation-next to face the highly dynamic and technology- driven world," chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said. The state government believes the shift in the medium of education will create a level-playing field.

In Uttar Pradesh, students at the Banaras Hindu University have been protesting after the university appointed a Muslim--Feroze Khan--as a professor in the Sanskrit department. The university has so far backed the Khan.

“My son wanted to learn Sanskrit like me so I got him admission at the school. He had the blessings of the teachers, acquired a high qualification and got selected at BHU. I am confident that if the students listen to him with patience and see his family background, they would be convinced and satisfied," Ramzan Khan, Feroze Khan’s father said.

With inputs from PTI

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