Published: 25th June 2019
JNU comes under pressure, drops compulsory Hindi from academic council meeting's agenda
The statement issued by the administration stated that they were only considering the possibility and had not taken any decision yet
The JNU administration has released a statement assuring the students that Hindi will not be made compulsory for undergraduate students. the press note said that it was unfortunate that some students have been "spreading misinformation in the media claiming that the JNU administration has imposed Hindi as a compulsory subject."
The statement goes on to clarify that the administration has not taken any such action — The agenda item 16 of the academic council was related to a discussion on a letter from the UGC seeking the views of the University on Hindi as a possible course in the undergraduate programmes.
When the agenda for the Academic Council was released, the JNUSU and other student groups on campus immediately showed their disapproval. They stated that the administration was considering making Hindi compulsory and that the issue was to be discussed at the meeting. However, it now seems like the administration has dropped this item from the agenda altogether.
The statement went on to say that they recently conducted a workshop to discuss various issues related to the draft National Education Policy and therefore, the discussion on the agenda item number 16 at the academic council meeting would be deferred. "It is underlined further that JNU has taken no decision to impose Hindi in the curriculum of its undergraduate programme," they confirmed.
The JNUSU celebrated the decision and treated the statement as a victory for them.
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