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Draft Education Policy: Government Revises Policy after Outrage, Hindi Not Mandatory

The modifications have been made to the section 4.5.9 of the draft policy

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The revised draft does not mandate the languages. Pixabay

Following the outrage from the southern Indian states, the HRD Ministry on Monday omitted the mandatory teaching of Hindi from the draft of National Education Policy (NEP). The revised draft does not mandate the languages that students may opt to study at mid-school level.

The modifications have been made to the section 4.5.9 of the draft policy, which was earlier titled “flexibility in the choice of languages”.

While advocating for the study of three languages, the revised version is now titled “flexibility in the three-language formula” and it does not pin-point the languages students would be studying. It simply states that the students would have the choice to study three languages with one language at the literature level.

“In keeping with the principle of flexibility, students who wish to change one or more of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6 or Grade 7, so long as they are able to still demonstrate proficiency in three languages (one language at the literature level) in their modular Board Examinations some time during secondary school,” the tweaked version uploaded on the Ministry’s website stated.

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The HRD Ministry on Monday omitted the mandatory teaching of Hindi. Pixabay

It is pertinent to note that the recommendations of the earlier version stated that the students could make a choice of the third language they wish to study in Class 6, as long as the other two languages included Hindi and English for non-Hindi speaking states.

“In keeping with the principle of flexibility, students who wish to change one of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6, so long as the study of three languages by students in the Hindi-speaking states would continue to include Hindi and English and one of the modern Indian languages from other parts of India, while the study of languages by students in the non-Hindi-speaking states would include the regional language, Hindi and English,” the earlier version stated.

This mandatory clause was met with uproar from the politicians and citizens of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, who slammed the draft policy for imposition of Hindi allegedly in order to homogenise the nation’s diverse linguistic fabric.

The NEP draft was uploaded on the Ministry’s website on Friday to seek recommendations from the public as well as the other states. It sparked a row ever since, with all the opposition parties in Tamil Nadu, including DMK, MDMK, Congress and Kamal Haasan-led Makkkal Needhi Maiyyam slamming the recommendations.

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NDA ally and ruling AIADMK too, said that it wouldn’t discontinue the two-language formula followed by the state, which does not mandate teaching Hindi.

Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah on Monday joined the slugfest on mandatory Hindi teaching terming it a “brutal assault” on the non-Hindi speaking states.

“Ours is a land that exhibits Unity in Diversity. Peaceful coexistence is the need to establish harmony and any force shall work against the laws of society. For us Kannada is an identity, and learning any other language should be by choice and not by imposition,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.

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Recommendations of the earlier version stated that the students could make a choice of the third language they wish to study in Class 6. Pixabay

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) also joined the ranks. “Hindi is not our mother tongue, do not enforce it on us and incite us,” the official twitter handle of MNS said.

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On Sunday, the Centre deputed senior cabinet ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and S. Jaishankar to calm the flaring tempers across the country. The newly sworn-in Ministers tweeted in Tamil as well as English reassuring the people that no language will be imposed and the policy will not be effected without consultations with the other states. (IANS)

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Samsung India To Provide Tech Scholarships Under ‘Star Scholar Program’

Samsung India is currently accepting applications for scholarship for the academic year 2019-2020

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It offers a scholarship of up to Rs 2 lakh for expenses related to tuition, examination, hostel and mess, for one academic year. Wikimedia Commons

Samsung India on Friday announced scholarships for 560 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) students under its “Star Scholar Program”.

Under this programme, each year, Samsung offers scholarships to meritorious JNV students pursuing a full term B. Tech/Dual Degree (B.Tech + M.Tech) course in any Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) or a National Institute of Technology (NIT) in India.

Samsung India is currently accepting applications for scholarship for the academic year 2019-2020 and the last date for submission for application and all related documents is December 10.

“At Samsung, we work towards nurturing talent through programs that encourage and support the youth. As ‘Samsung Star Scholar’ programme enters its fourth year, we plan to extend scholarships to 560 students from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya across the country to peruse B.Tech and M.Tech courses at the prestigious IITs and NITs. Peter Rhee, Corporate Vice President, Samsung India said in a statement.

It offers a scholarship of up to Rs 2 lakh for expenses related to tuition, examination, hostel and mess, for one academic year. Interestingly, scholarship renewal is extendable if a student fulfils certain criteria for the subsequent years of his/her course in the institute.

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Samsung India on Friday announced scholarships for 560 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) students under its “Star Scholar Program”. Wikimedia Commons

While the selection for first year applicants is based on their All India Rank (AIR) in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main), to get a renewal of the scholarship for the second – fourth years, the applicant is required to maintain a Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) or Cumulative Grade Point Average (CPGA) rating of 5 or above.

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Of the 560 scholarships planned for this year, 150 are expected to be for new applicants and 410 students may be granted a renewal of their existing scholarship. (IANS)