New Delhi: After facing sharp criticisms for its move to impose Hindi in all non-Hindi speaking states, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has revised the draft National Education Policy enabling students to opt for any language they want to study in.
“In keeping with the principle of flexibility, students who wish to change one or more of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6 or Grade 7, so long as they are able to still demonstrate proficiency in three languages….”, the revised draft policy states.
There is no mention of Hindi in the “Flexibility in the three-language formula” clause. The revised policy requires proficiency in any three languages.
Earlier, the Centre’s draft education policy faced severe backlash in the southern states with mass agitation in Tamil Nadu asserting that they will not allow the forceful imposition of Hindu in their states.
English and Hindi were proposed as mandatory languages in non-Hindi speaking states while a third language was mandatory in Hindi-speaking states in the previous version of the draft policy.