To promote the Sanskrit language, Central Board of Secondary Education on Tuesday has directed all the affiliated schools to organize ‘Sanskrit Week’ to enlighten young generation about the cultural language of the country. As per the circular issued by CBSE, all the principals of these schools are notified to organize Sanskrit week starting from 26 August and will last till 1 September. Recently, CBSE has also started Heritage India Quiz to aware students about history.
The notification was issued on 25 August stating, Sanskrit being an ancient language of the country has much more importance than any other languages in India and it is very important for students of the nation to understand the role Sanskrit played in building up of the civilization and culture. With the aim of spreading the awareness and scope of learning more about the language from one another, ‘Sanskrit Week’s is being celebrated across the nation. The CBSE affiliated schools are advised to organize various events during the week.
With the joint effort of 14 institutions which includes Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), National Council of Education and Research Technology (NCERT), Jawaharlal Nehru University and Sanskrit department of Delhi University, CBSE has planned to organize such events. Although the schools are not forced to organize ‘Sanskrit Week’ and it is completely up to the will of the school management.
However, a week-long schedule has been suggested by the board, which includes activities such as essay writing in Sanskrit, composition of poems and interacting with the eminent personalities and scholars in this field. Mr. Mahesh Sharma from Ministry of Culture said, “The enrichment of Sanskrit is essential for enrichment of our culture” mentioning that it very hard to be live that people now a days feel ashamed of speaking in Sanskrit.
Board officials think that by organizing such events in the schools would help in popularizing the language. This would also increase awareness of the relation which Sanskrit has with other languages around the world. It is also advised to hold competition in the schools so that the winners of these competitions can take part in national level competition. CBSE has also released a circular for all schools to organize mock parliament in schools.
According to teachers of some schools, the government is planning various ways of promoting the Sanskrit language in the schools after their failure of making Sanskrit a compulsory subject. Previous year, HRD Minister Smriti Irani made an announcement regarding the implementation of the subject in the syllabus of these schools specially in Kendriya Vidyalaya. However, this initiative was hugely criticized by educationists from all over the nation and ultimately the proposal was turned down by the government.