25 Aug 2012

Teaching of Indian Culture and Hindi in Schools

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has taken the following measures to promote Hindi and Indian Culture in the schools affiliated to it: 
• Hindi is offered in all the schools from class I to XII being compulsory from class I to VIII, 
• At classes IX & X level, CBSE provides an option to take Hindi as one of the two languages or as the sixth additional subject. Hindi could be offered as one of the five main elective or as a sixth additional subject at the Senior School level, 

• Hindi is offered at different levels like Course-A, Course-B, Elective and Core so as to facilitate the learning of the language in non-Hindi regions also. 
• The Board has initiated an elective titled “Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India” for classes XI-XII in the schools affiliated to CBSE from the current academic session i.e. 2012-13 on pilot basis to provide a broad overview of Indian knowledge traditions which are continuous, cumulative and intrinsically polycentric. 

Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) is providing 100% financial assistance to non-Hindi States for appointment of Hindi Teachers for promotion of Hindi Language. 
Education, being a subject is the concurrent list of the Constitutions, and the majority of schools and colleges being under the jurisdiction of the State Governments, it is for the respective state Governments to take appropriate decision in the matter 
This information was given by Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. D. Purandeswari in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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