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No Compulsory language in National Education Policy; Centre informs Karnataka HC

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The centre mentioned that in the NEP 2020, no mandatory language learning is necessary for the undergraduate courses in the session of 2021 to 2022. The centre further notified the Karnataka High Court that the petitions regarding the state government making Kannada language compulsory needed to be rectified.

Dinesh T Pali, under secretary, Department of Higher Education, under the ministry of education filed an affidavit. The affidavit stated that the NEP 2020 is originally designed to achieve a flexible educational system that would help the citizens to get easy access for the aspirations of local, regional and even national levels.

A division bench including the Chief Justice Rituraj Awasthi and Justice SR Krishna Kumar adjourned the hearing to April 4. A PIL was filed by Samskrita Bharati (Karnataka) trust and others due to the absence of the State Advocate General.

“The policy has to be understood, interpreted, and implemented keeping in mind the broad objectives enshrined in the constitution”, was added in the statement of NEP,2020.

Meanwhile the petitioners have claimed that forcing students to learn Kannada language was contradicting the policy of NEP, 2020. Further they demanded the quashing of the Sep 15, 2021 where the government made an order for the students of interstate and international students pursuing graduation to opt ‘Functional Kannada’ in the first year.

On December 16, 2021 the high court passed an order straining the state government and Bengaluru City University to take any precipitative action in the matter.

However the state government has defended the move by straining on the fact that students who have come from other states have to learn Functional Kannada for a year.

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