Panjab University has been asked by the University Grants Commission to give the reply as to why they have introduced Hindi as a major subject in all under-graduate courses.
Earlier in the year 2011 during the meeting of the Central Hindi Committee, which was chaired by then Prime Minister, it was recommended that Hindi should be included as primary subject in all the courses offered by the University at undergraduate level.
If the prescribed rules and regulation of the UGC are taken into consideration then all the subjects of law and commerce has to be taught in English at the under-graduate level. But the Central Hindi Committee took the decision that these subjects should also be taught in Hindi.
In lieu of the same, the University Grants Commission issued a letter to the universities on September 5, 2014 and January 15, 2015 was the last date prescribed for the universities to submit their replies. But till this date, Punjab University did not sent the reply.
Then again on May 29, 2015 a letter was sent by UGC to Punjab University asking the concerned authorities to provide all the relevant data they are using to implement the same in their University. At this time the letter was presented as an information item in a meeting of the PU Syndicate on July 19, but no decision regarding the same was taken and no committee was founded to look into the issue.
Professor Ashok Kumar, Chairperson of the Department of Hindi at PU said, “We have not received any instructions regarding this so far. However, if and when the university issues any instructions, an appropriate framework will be developed.”
The issue will surely be discussed in a meeting of the PU Senate on September 27. However Punjab University authorities have, however, refused to comment on the university’s stand on the introduction of Hindi as a major subject at the under-graduate level.
On the other hand Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi Vishwavidyalaya located in Bhopal has urged the Medical Council of India to allow students to write MBBS course exam papers in Hindi. They have requested the MCI that till the time it is not possible to teach in Hindi, students should be provided with an option to write the papers in Hindi.