12-05-2014, 02:43 PM
Human Resources Minister, Smriti Irani Wednesday asked all central universities to explore the possibilities of opening a department to promote Sanskrit language.
"In order to promote the Sanskrit language, the central government has asked all central universities, where there is the Department of Sanskrit, to explore the possibilities of opening departments in Sanskrit," Irani said in the Lok Sabha.
The University Grants Commission provides plan and non-plan grants to five universities in Sanskrit and Sanskrit consider two universities, he said. Recently, the Minister had also announced that the Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) want to stop teaching German as an alternative and replace it with Sanskrit as a third language, said a decision was taken in the "national interest."
This movement caused a controversy and the Supreme Court of 28 November 2014 asked the central government to treat Sanskrit as a third language for students of class 6 to 8 KV and treat it as an additional language, however keeping German as a third language in the current academic session, so that the students not bothered with a decision amid an academic year.