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
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.