The Dr Kasturirangan committee on education has recommended in its draft National Educational Policy (NEP), submitted to HRD Minister Ramesh Pokriyal Nishak in New Delhi on Friday, a three-language formula in schools, including Hindi, and incorporation of Indian knowledge in the curriculum.
The committee has favoured Hindi, English and regional language in non-Hindi States and one modern Indian language as the third language in Hindi States.
Three-language formula is already in force in the whole of Indian except in Tamil Nadu which has resisted it on the ground that it will pave for the entry of Hindi through the backdoor.
Reacting to the recommendation, Leader of the Opposition and DMK president MK Stalin has said if the BJP Government goes ahead with this move, it will lead to “disastrous consequences”. He has also warned the AIADMK Government in Tamil Nadu against succumbing to pressure from the Centre in this regard.
Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S Ramadoss has also opposed the three-language policy.Actor politician and leader of Makkal Needdhi Maiyam Kamal Hasaan, in an equivocal statement, has said he is against imposition of any language and at the same time, people should be free to learn any language.
The committee has made several other far-reaching recommendations, including setting up of a National Education Commission and curb on arbitrary fee hikes in private schools.
The committee, headed by the former ISRO chief has favoured introduction in the curriculum Indian contribution to mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, psychology, yoga, architecture and medicine, as well as governance, polity, society, and conservation course on Indian knowledge systems.