President’s order to make Hindi compulsory in schools takes a political turn

By: Admin 21 April, 2017

The President's approval to make Hindi compulsory in CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalaya has ruffled feathers with most non-Hindi speaking states accusing the Centre of suppressing other native languages.


  • The President has approved an order that makes Hindi compulsory till Class 10th in all CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalayas.

  • This order dated March 31, 2017 had asked HRD ministry to take serious efforts towards the implementation of the order.

  • Many non-Hindi speaking states have opposed this move and accused centre of suppressing their native language.

  • Many political parties have openly spoken against this order, saying that the Centre should have been more cautious before implementing the decision in non-Hindi speaking states.

A presidential order dated March 31 had asked the HRD ministry to make serious efforts to make Hindi compulsory. "As a first step, Hindi should be made a compulsory subject up to standard X in all schools of CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan," the order had said. As in February, CBSE had 18,546 schools in India and 210 in 25 other countries.


In Kerala, the move has posed a challenge as the state government had passed an ordinance on April 11, making Malayalam mandatory for all schools till Class X. With the new order, CBSE schools might have to overhaul their entire curriculum to accommodate three compulsory languages, including English.


"When the people in the north don't even make an effort to learn any south Indian language, why should our children be forced to study a particular language?" said an official from Telangana's education department.



This news has been taken from Times of India’s website. Read the original here.