Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani has finally given a response to critics for being responsible to saffronizing education even after she has turned down demands to make Sanskrit compulsory in the curriculum. Also Read - Will Convert All State-Run Madrasas Into a General School: Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
“Those who accuse me of being an RSS mascot or RSS representative possibly want to deflect the attention from the good work that we have done … this agenda will be flagged and I will be whipped for as long as there is a need to keep the attention away from the good work. I am ready for it. I have no problem,” she told journalists. Also Read - Anything For Education: Goa Students Trek 3km Everyday to Reach Hilltop to Access Internet For Online Classes
Giving replies to the questions on the controversial decision of replacing German language with Sanskrit as the third language in some 500 Centrally-run Kendriya Vidyalayas, Ms. Irani said teaching of German under an MoU signed in 2011 was in violation of the Constitution. An investigation had already been launched to find out how the MoU came to be signed. Also Read - Will You Send Your Kids to School If They Reopen in October? 71% Parents Say No; Reveals Survey
Responding to demands that Sanskrit should be made a compulsory language, the Minister said the three-language formula was very clear that any of the 23 Indian languages listed in Schedule 8 of the Constitution could be opted. But she reiterated that German would be continued as a foreign language.
“ … we are teaching French, we are teaching Mandarin, we teach German the same way. For the life of me, I can’t understand why people don’t understand what I am saying,” she said.
When asked about the criticisms as none of the Indian universities find a place among the top 100 institutions in the world, she made a point by saying that ranking agencies have their own criterion for evaluation. Irani also said that India will soon develop its own ranking system.
“In India we are actually evolving a ranking system for our institutions. Vice Chancellors, IIT Directors and everybody are sitting together to tell us how to rank ourselves,” she said.
Inputs from PTI
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