Getting to know our roots is imperative for future growth and success. Working on this, in a recent development by the HRD Ministry, the IITs have been asked to teach Sanskrit, as a medium to make the study of science and technology easier.
This decision has got approval from a panel, chaired by N Gopalaswami, Former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). In his report, it was suggested that IITs may facilitate the study of science and technology as reflected in Sanskrit literature along with other disciplinary study of Sanskrit and modern subjects.
digitalLearning View: Since this decision of the HRD minister has come up, a section of academicians and politicians have shown outrage, specially on social media, calling this as a veiled attempt to saffronise education in the country.
Now, what does the panel chaired by former CEC say? If one reads carefully, it is clearly mentioned that, ‘IITs may facilitate the study of science and technology as reflected in Sanskrit literature’. After the above line with the two words in bold, there should not be an iota of doubt in any layman’s mind let alone an academician.
We also believe that Sanskrit is an ancient and rich language which needs to be revived at all levels of education and this is just an effort by the current government and the HRD ministry in particular to that effect which should be welcomed by the academicia.