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German Language Row :SC accepts Centre’s proposal

German Language Row :SC accepts Centre’s proposal
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted the proposal mooted by the Centre that Kendriya Vidyalaya students of Class VI, VII and VIII will not have to...

No Sanskrit exam in KVs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted the proposal mooted by the Centre that Kendriya Vidyalaya students of Class VI, VII and VIII will not have to take examination for the third modern Indian language Sanskrit in this academic session and they may continue to study German as an optional subject.

A bench headed by Justice A R Dave, however, asked the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to ensure that students, who want to pursue German or any other language as optional subjects, be provided with all facilities in KV schools across the country. Disposing of the petition filed by some parents of KV students, the court said that it has perused the affidavits filed by the Centre and others including KVS and CBSE and the proposal looked practical.

It further added that from the next academic session (2015-16), students will have to take examinations for third Indian language including Sanskrit. At the outset, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi referred to the affidavit filed Monday by KVS and said German will remain as an optional subject and moreover, students will not have to take exams for Sanskrit or any other modern Indian language in the present academic session.

Earlier, the court had asked the Centre to clarify the implications of its decision to introduce Sanskrit in place of German as the third language in KVs. The Centre's decision not to conduct exam for Sanskrit, introduced in the middle of the ongoing session, had come after the apex court had expressed concern that students would suffer because of government's decision.

The KVS, in its affidavit, referred to its communication with the CBSE and has informed the court that there will be no examination for the third language in this academic session (2014-15) for those students who have to take Sanskrit midway in place of German.

The CBSE in response to the KV's concern said that in the interest of the students, they are granted exemption from examination in 2014-15 in the third language by the CBSE.

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