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CBSE's directive on Sanskrit Week creates controversy
The directive of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to the affiliated schools and letters to the state boards urging them to promote the celebration of Sanskrit Week from August 7 to 13 ran into a controversy with some southern states and student unions opposing the move.

In Tamil Nadu (TN), the members of Revolutionary Student and Youth Front (RSYF) and People's Arts and Literature Association protested against a CBSE circular encouraging schools to celebrate Sanskrit Week, reported the Hindu. The TN Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and leaders of various other political have also resented against the celebration.

The CBSE, which is an examination board, in its circular to the schools organize the Sanskrit Week for 'popularizing Sanskrit and stimulating interest in it by increasing awareness about the close relationship between Sanskrit and other languages and cultural heritage of India'.

The affiliated schools have been asked to participate in its national level competitions for students and teachers as a part of the observance of Sanskrit Week. The schools have also been asked to submit on-line reports regarding the activities organized during the week to promote Sanskrit along with video clippings.

Some others are against the use of the CBSE by the MHRD to implement the intentions of new political bosses and want the CBSE to concentrate on its basic function related to evaluation only. Also, some academicians are against the competitive and on-line formats of the celebration.

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