The constant protest forced HRD ministry to drop the Hindi learning clause. Photo: Hindustan Times
The constant protest forced HRD ministry to drop the Hindi learning clause. Photo: Hindustan Times

HRD ministry calls state education ministers meet to curb Hindi imposition noise

  • Southern states were up in arms against a clause in the draft policy that suggested making Hindi learning compulsory
  • The state education ministers meet on 22 June is a step in that direction and will try to build consensus in reform clause in the draft report

NEW DELHI : Following the Hindi imposition controversy, the union government is calling a meeting of the state education ministers in the third week of June to deliberate on the draft education policy.

After a several rounds of meeting on issues ranging from higher education reform, to technology adoption in education, the human resource development (HRD) ministry Thursday decided to call the state education ministers where it will present all the important recommendations in the draft education policy report.

Southern states were up in arms against a clause in the draft policy that suggested making Hindi learning compulsory along with English and a regional language. The constant protest forced HRD ministry to drop the Hindi learning clause and clarified that the draft will undergo at least two rounds of review before going to the cabinet for approval.

“In keeping with the principle of flexibility, students who wish to change one or more of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6 or Grade 7, so long as they are able to still demonstrate proficiency in three languages (including one language at the literature level) in their modular Board Examinations some time during secondary school," said the revised draft policy.

The original draft prepared by a committee headed by space scientist K. Kasturirangan had mentioned that the study of languages by students “in the non-Hindi speaking states would include the regional language, Hindi and English."

The state education ministers meet on 22 June is a step in that direction and will try to build consensus in reform clause in the draft report.

The relook by the HRD ministry came after political leaders including Karnataka chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, Congress leader and former finance minister P. Chidambaram and DMK president M.K. Stalin, warned against the forced imposition of Hindi in school syllabuses in southern states.

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