Hindi may be made compulsory till class X in CBSE schools, KVs
Students of schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Kendriya Vidyalyas may have to compulsorily study Hindi till class X with recommendations of a Parliamentary panel in this regard getting the President's nod.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has also been instructed to form a policy in consultation with the state governments to make the language compulsory.
"The HRD Ministry should make serious efforts to make Hindi language compulsory in curriculum. As a first step, Hindi should be made a compulsory subject up to standard X in all schools of CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan," the Presidential order said.
"The Centre should form a policy in consultation with state governments," it added.
CBSE, as on this February, has 18,546 schools in India and 210 schools in 25 foreign countries.
There are 1,117 KVs, 2,685 government/aided schools, 14,141 independent schools, 589 Jawahar Novodaya Vidyalayas and 14 Central Tibetan Schools, as per the board's website.
The recommendations were made in the ninth report of the Committee of Parliament on Official Language.
Use Hindi besides regional languages: Naidu to people
Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday urged the people to use Hindi in their day-to-day life along with the regional languages.
"The Centre is using more and more Hindi in government programmes and policies and we have to make the habit of using the Rashtrabhasha in our day-to-day life, along with the regional languages," the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister said while presiding over a meeting of the Joint Hindi Advisory Committee.
"Rashtrabhasha Hindi is an important tool and language for the development of the nation," Naidu, also the Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, added. Emotions could be easily and effectively shared with others in the mother tongue as well as in Hindi, he said.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who was also present at the review meeting, urged everyone to try and learn Hindi and use it more.
He thanked the Union minister for organising the meeting of the Joint Hindi Advisory Committee in Guwahati.
Members of the Joint Hindi Advisory Committee of various states, including secretaries and senior officers of both the ministries –Information and Broadcasting and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation –were present at the meeting.