President Pranab Mukherjee approved the suggestion of a parliamentary panel that makes it compulsory for the students of Kendriya Vidyalayas and schools affiliated to the CBSE to read Hindi till Class 10.
The Centre, however, should draw up the policy to make Hindi a compulsory subject in consultation with states, said the presidential order, a copy of which is available on the website of the department of official languages.
The choice of languages to be taught in schools varies from state to state.
The Central Board of Secondary Education, the country’s biggest school board, last year recommended a three-language formula – English and any two Indian languages – to be expanded to classes 9 and 10.
While Hindi is likely choice for north India, in other parts, states are expected to pick from any of the 22 Indian languages recognised by the Constitution. The human resource and development ministry is yet to respond to the CBSE suggestion.
The President turned down a recommendation that wanted a minimum knowledge of Hindi to be one of the preconditions for a government job.
The committee of parliament on official languages made 117 suggestions to encourage use of Hindi, most of these have been accepted by the President.
Mukherjee has also accepted the recommendation that said the government, wherever possible, should give all advertisements in Hindi and regional languages. – Agencies