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Hindi mandatory till class 8? Minister denies any education policy tweak

The New Education Policy committee suggested an 'India-centric' approach towards education

BS Web Team 

Prakash Javadekar
Prakash Javadekar

K Kasturirangan committee on the Policy (NEP) prepared a report and suggested a three-language formula with Hindi mandatory till Class 8, uniform syllabus for science and maths across the nation, development of a script in Devnagri for tribal dialects, and promotion of based on skill, reported The Indian Express.

The aim is to implement 'India-centric' and scientific learning system in schools. The committee handed over its report to the HRD ministry on December 31, 2018. A member of the committee told The Indian Express, “We have sought a meeting with the to hand over the report formally.”

Speaking to The Indian Express, said: “The committee’s report is ready and the members have sought an appointment. I will get the report after the Parliament session.”

The idea to make Hindi mandatory till class 8 received some backlash. BJD from Dhenkanal-Angul, T Satpathy lashed out at the ministry for trying to make Hindi compulsory. He tweeted:

However, in a tweet, clarified that NEP had not suggested making any language compulsory. The policy is yet to come out in public domain.

Among the other recommendations made by the committee are:

  • Permanent high-power committee on education, headed by Prime Minister, to meet at regular intervals.
  • Regulatory mechanism to be strengthened and headed by non-bureaucrats.
  • Technical and professional courses to be promoted among SC/ST students.

First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 12:44 IST