Making Sanskrit Compulsory In Assam Schools: 'Implementation Will Happen After General Consensus' Says Government

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Making Sanskrit Compulsory In Assam Schools: 'Implementation Will Happen After General Consensus' Says Government

Making Sanskrit In Assam Schools: 'Implementation Will Happen After General Consensus' Says Govt

New Delhi:  After facing opposition from various corners regarding its decision to make Sanskrit compulsory till class 8, Bharatiya Janata Party led government in Assam today said that it will implement the Cabinet decision only after having "general consensus" and removing "practical difficulties".  But Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also said in a statement that the decision has been taken in principle regarding the implementation.

In a cabinet meeting on February 28, Assam government led by Sarbananda Sonowal decided to make Sanskrit along with computer education, a permanent subject in the state schools till class 8.

Mr Sarma also informed the state Assembly that the government will try to build a consensus after taking their version from all important stake holders of the state.

Various groups including social organisations, intellectuals and political parties came out against the state government move last week and called the decision as a "conspiracy planned, managed and monitored from Nagpur" where Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh headquartered.

Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) told IANS then that the imposition of Sanskrit as a compulsory subject till Class 8 in all schools, and alleged it was "a well orchestrated conspiracy".

All Assam Students' Union (AASU) General Secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi said that the move would be a burden for the students and it would impact their educational psychology.

Sarma also said there are other issues in implementation of the Cabinet decision like lack of Sanskrit teachers and the government will not appoint anyone from outside the state. He also said the detractors focused on Sanskrit while the cabinet had then also made decision on making computer studies compulsory.

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(With Inputs from PTI and IANS)

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