The Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas (SSUN), the education body of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has asked the Ministry of Human Resource Development to make vernacular languages the medium of education for all schools and colleges.
It has asked the government to “immediately provide facilities to introduce education in Indian languages in English-medium institutions like IIT, IIM and NIT”, and “take legal action” against schools that prevent students from speaking in their mother tongue.
Other recommendations that the nyas (SSUN) has made to the Ministry of Human Resource Development for the new education policy that is to be formulated soon are:
The medium of instruction from elementary to higher levels in schools should be the mother tongue.
Foreign languages should not be offered as an alternative to any Indian language at the school level.
English should no longer be mandatory at any level. English as a medium of instruction, should be gradually removed both in private and government institutes.
All research works must be linked to “national requirements” and ” national interests”. Projects that do not meet this condition should not be granted UGC scholarships.
References that insult Indian culture, tradition, sects, thoughts, eminent personalities and offer wrong explanations must be removed from textbooks at all levels.
Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar has acknowledged the list of suggestions sent by the Nyas and also allegedly assured they will be considered while formulating the next education policy.
“He said we will certainly consider your suggestions. He also appreciated many of the suggestions,” Atul Kothari, convener and secretary of the outfit said.
Kothari is a veteran RSS pracharak and an invitee member of the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini. Veteran swayamsevak Deenanath Batra is another founder of the SSUN.
An October 14 email by an HRD official to the SSUN acknowledges that “suggestions given by you have been noted down. They will be discussed during the formation of the new education policy.”