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Govt popularising Sanskrit globally: Smriti Irani

The Union Human Resource Development Ministry’s plan to promote Sanskrit is not only restricted to Kendriya Vidhyalays only, though the ministry has a detailed design to popularise the classical language globally. In a written reply to a question on government’s plan to promote the Vedic-age language, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said, “Yes. There is a plan for its promotion.”

“Sanskrit is not only being popularised in schools in the country but also abroad in all CBSE-affiliated schools,” the HRD minister said, adding that as on January this year, 197 schools in 24 countries where there is a presence of Indian diaspora are affiliated to CBSE. Irani, who replaced German with Sanskrit as the third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas recently in a controversial move, said CBSE has already implemented communicative courses in teaching of Sanskrit at secondary level and two courses -- Sanskrit core and Sanskrit elective – at senior secondary level.
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