Presidernt has given his nod to recommendations of a Parliamentary panel about making Hindi compulsory in schools. With this students of schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Kendriya Vidyalyas may have to compulsorily study Hindi till class X.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has also been instructed to form a policy in consultation with the state governments to make the language compulsory.
The Presidential order said the HRD Ministry should make serious efforts to make Hindi language compulsory in curriculum and as a first step, Hindi should be made a compulsory subject up to standard X in all schools of CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan.
The recommendations were made in the ninth report of the Committee of Parliament on Official Language.
CBSE had last year recommended a three-language formula – English and any two Indian languages – to be expanded to
classes IX and X. However, the HRD Ministry is yet to take a call on the suggestion.