Apr. 19, 2017: President Pranab Mukherjee has given his in-principal approval to the suggestion by CBSE regarding making Hindi compulsory till Class X. The suggestion, once confirmed by HRD Ministry, would mean that Hindi would become a compulsory subject across all CBSE affiliates schools in the country. Also, Hindi would be made compulsory across the Kendriya Vidhyalayas or the KVs across the country. The suggestion was made after recommendations from the committee of parliament on official languages. The suggestion is still pending the final nod from the HRD Ministry. Also Read - CBSE Affiliation System Based on NEP 2020 to Come Into Effect on March 1: What’s New?

It would be important to note that the CBSE recently re-introduced mandatory Class X Board Examinations from the next academic year, which is 2018. Along with the introduction, the CBSE had also suggested a three language model to further promote national and regional languages. As per model suggested by CBSE, students had the option of selecting and studying English and any two Indian National Langauges. The students in turn had the option to choose from 22 designated Indian languages. While Hindi was an obvious choice schools in the north, regional languages were more apt for the southern states. This decision of making Hindi mandatory, however, would be implemented across the country. Also Read - CBSE to Introduce Biometric System to Stop Cheating in Board Exams? Latest Update Students Should Know

As per PTI Reports, the Presidential order seriously asks HRD Ministry to consider the suggestion and make conscious efforts in making Hindi a compulsory part of the curriculum till Class 10 in “all schools of CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan”. The Presidential order also recommends the HRD Ministry to implement the order after consulting with the states. These recommendations were made in the 9th Committee of Parliament on Official Language. Also Read - CBSE Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2021: Students Wait For Date Sheet as State Boards Release Time Table

The  other recommendations made by the committee also included the fixing of broadcast duration of Hindi programs on all Doordarshan centres and All India Radio stations as well as the recommendation of giving all governmental advertisements in Hindi and regional languages wherever possible. The committee had also recommended the knowledge of Hindi till class X to be made mandatory for all public service recruitments. This recommendation, however, was rejected by the President, Shri Pranad Mukherjee.

The recommendations including the mandatory inclusion of Hindi in the CBSE curriculum till Class X have been done to promote the national languages in the country.