The central government has informed the Karnataka High Court that the state government cannot make it mandatory for undergraduate students to learn Kannada as per the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. It further states that the NEP makes no mention of any compulsory language learning. The submission was made in an affidavit filed before the Karnataka High Court by Dinesh T Pali, Under Secretary, Department of Higher Education (Ministry of Education), while the court was on a petition filed by a group of students as well as a PIL filed by Sanskrit was listening. Bharati (Karnataka) Trust, Bangalore and three other institutions associated with the promotion of Sanskrit language. The petitioners have claimed that forcing students to learn Kannada as a language is completely contrary to the objective of the National Education Policy 2020. In the last hearing, the state government had argued that making Kannada a compulsory language was a policy decision in line with the recommendations of the VK Gokak committee. In the affidavit, Pali said that the objective of the NEP is to achieve a comprehensive educational system for citizens, taking into account local, regional and national aspirations. “The policy should be understood, interpreted and implemented keeping in view the broad objectives enshrined in the Constitution,” the affidavit said. Paragraph 22.10 specifically states that higher education institutions shall use mother tongue/local language as the medium of instruction and/or offer bilingual. Paragraph 23.6 envisages providing a wide range of educational software to students and teachers at all levels in all major Indian languages. All states will continue to develop teaching-learning e-content in all regional languages, as will be uploaded on the DIKSHA platform to NCERT, CIET, CBSE, NIOS and other bodies/institutions. Advocate-General’s request. They have also requested that the Government Order da “requiring interstate and international degree students pursuing the graduate program “Functional Kanna” to cancel one of the first-year semesters, claiming that it was a program for such students. who has never spoken a single word of Kannada in his life. On December 16, 2021, the High Court issued an order restraining the state government. And Bengaluru University has no say in the matter. On the other hand, the state government defended the decision, claiming that students from other states would be required to learn functional Kannada only for one year. In August 2021, Karnataka ordered in this regard. Has become the first state in the country to issue the National Education Policy for the implementation of 2020. About the author

Arun Dev is Assistant Editor in Karnataka Bureau of Hindustan Times. A journalist for over 10 years, he has written extensively on crime and politics.

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