[INDOLOGY] Promoting Sanskrit in India

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Fri Feb 12 14:43:45 UTC 2016

Dear Indologists,

     Please find attached a report submitted by a committee to the
Government of India regarding the future teaching of Sanskrit.  [Thanks to
Shrinivasa Varakhedi on the BVP list.] This is an important document
indicating the likely direction of the teaching of Sanskrit in Indian
schools and colleges.  When I was a student in Pune schools during
1950s/60s, students in the Highschools were expected to study and pass
examinations in four languages, namely Marathi, Hindi, English and
Sanskrit.  However, after that the Govt of India decided to promote a
so-called three language formula which made Sanskrit an optional subject in
most non-Hindi speaking states.  In the Hindi-speaking states, there was
place for Sanskrit within the three language formula.  This change in
policy drastically reduced the number of schools offering Sanskrit in
states like Maharashtra.  It remains to be seen how this new report
submitted to the Govt of India will alter the teaching of Sanskrit.

Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor of Sanskrit and Linguistics
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
202 South Thayer Street, Suite 6111
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608, USA

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