In a bid to promote Sanskrit language in the country, human resource development ministry has constituted a 13-member expert panel headed by former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami. The committee will study current issues related to teaching Sanskrit as part of its attempt to promote the language. Gopalaswami is presently the chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth in Tirupati. He had been intimated about his selection over phone, but is yet to receive any confirmation in writing.
From the sources it has been learnt that the committee would also examine various issues related to the teaching of language in the country and also on how to integrate the study of Sanskrit with other disciplines such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, medical science and law. The committee would further keep its suggestions for changes in Sanskrit education in schools and universities.
Other members included in the committee are : NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy, former government of India secretary VV Bhat, chairman of National Skill Development Corporation Dr Ramadorai, Delhi University professor Ramesh Bharadwaj, UGC chairman Ved Prakash and Chamu Krishna Shastri of the RSS-affiliated Samskrita Bharti.
On November 19 Union Cabinet gave nod to the proposal of including German language in Kendriya Vidyalayas. German will be taught in KVs as an additional subject. In October, last year, it was decided to discontinue the teaching of German language as an option to Sanskrit.
HRD officials confirmed the development and added that the committee has also been formed to chart out an action plan to develop Sanskrit language in the next 10 years. The HRD ministry had earlier set up a panel for promotion of classical languages also.