Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has instructed the affiliated schools by sending a circular to promote to observe a Sanskrit Week to promote the ancient language. During the coming two-weeks not only the CBSE-affiliated schools will be engaged via WhatsApp and competitions in spoken Sanskrit.
The circular says that the CBSE is committed towards promoting the teaching and learning of Sanskrit – the mother of all languages and essential element of Indian heritage."Sanskrit and Indian culture are intertwined as most of the indigenous knowledge is available in this language. In its endeavor to promote Sanskrit, the schools affiliated to CBSE may celebrate Sanskrit Week in an experiential manner by conducting activities connected to the real world," adds the circular available on the CBSE's website.
The affiliated schools have been asked to send their senior (Classes IX-XII) students' two minute long recorded audio clips on any topic of their choice in Sanskrit WhatsApp by July 20 to the CBSE's phone number for a national level competition involving poetry and speeches. Other competition like poetry recitation, Shloka recitation, etc., are open for all classes.
According to the CBSE, the idea behind opting for WhatsApp is to engage students with technology and highlight the importance of the ancient language.
The schools which offer Sanskrit as a subject at the senior secondary level have liked the idea that a national level competition is being organized to recognize the students' oratory skills in Sanskrit.
"Organizing competitions has become an administration-friendly and convenient tool to ritualize observances and spend funds. Competitions dishearten majority of participants because who are already competent get rewarded. In educational activities, competition needs to be discouraged since core of learning lies in caring and sharing knowledge," said Prabha Kishore, a retired government school language teacher.