HRD Ministry to implement a common Hindi teaching scheme in universities

The HRD Ministry will soon be implementing a "common Hindi teaching scheme", with recommendations of a parliamentary panel, for universities and higher education institutions across the country. The plan will be executed only after the President's consent.

However, it is expected that this move may invite criticism and opposition from several state universities with various groups of students already petitioning to President Pranab Mukherjee against "forceful Hindi imposition".

Other instructions by the HRD Ministry

- Universities without Hindi department may be asked to establish one

- All educational institutions shall also be instructed to fix a minimum level of Hindi education

- Students in varsities and institutions in non-Hindi states, where the option of appearing in exams or interviews in Hindi is not available, must be allowed the option of writing answers in their mother language

The presidential order said, "To give autonomy in the field of higher studies, some laws have been framed by the Central government and state governments under which, in some universities and higher educational institutions, English is the only medium of instruction.''

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