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‘Postpone bringing back Sanskrit to next session’

Putting aside government’s agenda of promoting ‘Indian languages’, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to consider not replacing German language with Sanskrit in Kendriya Vidyalayas (Central Schools) in the middle of academic session. Rather, the top court asked the Centre to implement the decision from next academic year saying “Why are you punishing students for your mistake?”

While commenting on Centre’s decision to introduce Sanskrit in classes 6 to 8, the apex court, however, said that changing the language in the middle of the session would put additional burden on the students. A bench headed by Justice AR Dave, turned down the plea of the Centre which contended that German language cannot be a third language as the Memorandum of Understanding signed three years back by the government with German authority is wrong and cannot be followed.

It asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to consult the HRD ministry on postponing the implementation of the decision on Sanskrit to next academic year. “Think from students and parents point of view. Let this academic year continue and you better implement it next year,” it said.
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