‘Rich’ Sanskrit at main stage

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 30

Hailing Sanskrit for its wealthy physique of classical literature, the federal government is all set to supply the language in any respect ranges of training by colleges and schools.

The National Education Policy 2020, stressing multilingualism as a drive for nationwide integration, supplies for introduction of Sanskrit at basis stage, which covers main college college students, and goes on to advocate the language as a topic until college stage.

What it means

The NEP 2020 suggestion on Sanskrit means the language could be provided for studying throughout all ranges of college training by all state college boards and likewise as much as the college stage later.

While the brand new coverage retains the long-in-force three-language components, it supplies for it to be applied from grade three by grade 12 as an alternative of the earlier system the place it was launched between grades 6 and eight. The coverage additionally permits state governments to signal bilateral agreements to rent lecturers for satisfying the three-language components the place two of the three languages need to be Indian languages.

“Sanskrit contains vast treasure of knowledge, written by people of varied religions as well as non-religious people over thousands of years. It will be taught in interesting, experiential and relevant ways,” the coverage says. Sanskrit textbooks on the foundational and center college stage could also be rewritten in “simple standard” Sanskrit to make its examine really pleasant, it says.

The coverage seeks to introduce language studying on the age of two, noting that youngsters choose up languages rapidly between ages of two and eight and multilingualism enhances cognitive skills in younger college students. Among international languages the NEP mentions for supply below the three-language components are Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, French, German, Spanish or Russian.

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