Chandigarh: Hindutva fountainhead Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has recommended to the Human Resource Development ministry of the Indian government to impose ‘nationalistic filter’ on academic research work conducted at educational and research institutions such as universities.
As per hindutva outfit all research works must be linked to “national requirements” and projects that do not meet this condition should not get UGC scholarships. The recommendation was part of the submissions that RSS-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas (SSUN) has made various recommendations to the Ministry of Human Resource Development for the new education policy that is to be formulated soon.
SSUN further said that the references that “insult Indian culture, tradition, sects, thoughts, eminent personalities and offer wrong explanations” must be “removed from textbooks at all levels”.
According to media reports, the SSUN leaders have already met Indian HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar with their list of suggestions.
“An October 14 email by an HRD official to the SSUN acknowledges that ‘suggestions given by you have been noted down. They will be discussed during the formation of the new education policy’ ”, notes the Indian Express (IE).
Among the significant demands of the SSUN is the emphasis on Indian languages at all levels of education and gradual removal of English as a medium of instruction, both in private and government institutes. It said that the medium of instruction from elementary to higher levels in schools should be the mother tongue. Foreign languages should not be offered as an alternative to any Indian language at the school level.
“It has asked the government to ‘immediately provide facilities to introduce education in Indian languages in English-medium institutions like IIT, IIM and NIT’, and ‘take legal action’ against schools that prevent students from speaking in their mother tongue”, notes the Indian Express (IE).
On their meeting with Javadekar, SSUN founder and secretary Atul Kothari reportedly said: “He said we will certainly consider your suggestions. He also appreciated many suggestions.” (IE).
It has been the policy of RSS to oppose ‘foreign languages (English)’ and promote regional (RSS call it Indian) languages. Observers say RSS’s opposition of English is linked to agenda to promote Hindi as so-called ‘national language’ of India.
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