New Delhi, Dec 2: Even as the ruling BJP and the Opposition Trinamool Congress are now 'more engaged' with strategies in respect of the proposed 'controversial' Citizens Amendment Bill (CAB), to be tabled in Parliament soon, and eying the 2021 Bengal Assembly elections from a 'different perspective' post the recently held bypoll in the Mamata Banerjee-ruled state, a 'closeness' is being felt between the two arch rivals- in the educational 'arena' of the country.
The news of 'warmth' between the political parties came when the winter chill in the National Capital was ascending with a forecast of the minimum temperature plummeting to 8 degrees C by Tuesday.
According to some political observers, both the parties 'at loggerheads' have succeeded in setting aside the political differences for a 'greater cause'- the educational advancement in the country.
''It seems that the two parties are reducing their 'gap; at least in the educational sphere, and it will be more 'useful' if this 'trend' continues in other 'fields' also that will help achieve the country reach the economic target of $ 5 trillion by 2024,'' they observed.
While teaching of Sanskrit has 'bridged the gap' as RSS-affiliated Samskrita Bharati had backed the BHU professor and asked the students to end their protest over appointment of a Muslim as Sanskrit teacher, the Centre's nod to hold the Joint Entrance Examination JEE (Main) from 2021 in more regional languages, including Bengali, is the 'latest step in that direction.' Notable, the saffron outfit had also requested the BHU authorities to bring the situation back to normal and also urged Feroze Khan-the Sanskrit teacher- to 'fearlessly' make his contribution to the varsity.
The students had called off their stir on November 27 last, albeit with riders. According to some political analysts, the RSS's 'decision' to support Khan was taken soon after the Ramakrishna Mission in Belur appointed a Muslim teacher as an assistant Professor of Sanskrit on November 22. Reports said, Ramjan Ali, appointed on November 19, was 'hale and hearty.' ''I never faced any sort of discrimination regarding my subject and my religion. The Maharaj (Principal) and my colleagues are very cordial. Never for a moment have I felt unwanted or insecure. They have arranged for my stay and food and always been encouraging,'' the reports quoting Ali said. 'Surprised' at the BHU protest, he said '' Whatever happened in BHU is unfortunate.''
Ramakrishna Mission Principal, Swami Shastrajna Nandaji Maharaj,when asked to comment, said ''We do not discriminate against or isolate anyone.'' Before being recruited at the college through the College Service Commission, Ali had been teaching at the Falakata Government College in Alipurduar in Bengal, since 2000.''I never felt isolated there too,'' he maintained.
The 'unity' of the RSS and the Trinamool Congress in expanding education in the 'truest sense' setting aside the political differences was welcomed by different walks of life. Informatively, on November 27, after 'request' from the Bengal Chief Minister, the Centre had decided to hold the JEE (Main) examination from 2021 in regional languages , including Bengali besides English, Hindi and Gujarati.
The Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) had directed the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct the examination in at least 11 languages-- Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Odiya, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. Earlier, the Bengal Higher Education department wrote to NTA for the inclusion of Bengali in the JEE 2020 question paper, which was not granted by the Narendra Modi government citing logistical issues.
Educationist have welcomed the decision of holding the JEE examination in the regional languages.
''This would help students continue their schooling in mother tongue, instead of shifting to English or Hindi medium.'' MHRD sources also informed that it has also asked NTA to explore possibilities to offer the other competitive examinations in as many languages as possible.
Educationists have welcomed the decision of holding the JEE examination in regional languages.
''The time is now for the regional languages. Language is the only barrier among the communities. India's overall development largely depends on the advancement of the regional languages,'' economist and lecturer of Political Science Umesh Thapper, when asked to comment, said. He also pointed out that the 'importance' of local and regional languages was also echoed in the comments of the highest Constitutional posts, like Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu. Speaking at an event on November 30, organised in the remembrance of Shaheed Raja Vijay Singh and his brave men at the village Kunja Bahadur in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, the VP emphasised on publishing this history of freedom struggle in local languages so as to reach the maximum people. (UNI)