Nishank’s clarification, through a tweet in Tamil, comes in the backdrop of opposition to NEP in Tamil Nadu on the grounds that the policy allegedly imposed Hindi and Sanskrit.
In his tweet to former Union Minister from the state Pon Radhakrishnan, Nishank said he was looking forward to the guidance of the ex-central minister in implementing NEP in Tamil Nadu.
“I once again like to insist that the Central government will not impose any language on any state,” he said.
பொன் ராதாகிருஷ்ணன் ஜி, தமிழ்நாட்டில் தேசிய கல்விக் கொள்கை (NEP)-ஐ நடைமுறைப்படுத்துவதற்கான உங்கள் வழிகாட்டலை எதிர்பார்க்கிறோம். மத்திய அரசு, எந்தவொரு மாநிலத்தின் மீதும் எந்த மொழியையும் திணிக்காது என்பதை மீண்டும் வலியுறுத்த விரும்புகிறேன். https://t.co/YtiRZXtCpf
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) August 2, 2020
The M K Stalin-led DMK and many opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have opposed NEP and want a review of the sweeping reforms it has proposed.
On Saturday, the DMK chief said the policy was an attempt at alleged imposition of Hindi and Sanskrit and vowed to fight against it by joining hands with like-minded political parties and Chief Ministers of other states.
The reforms were not a new education policy but “a glossy coat on the old oppressive Manusmriti,” he said.
Meanwhile, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Sunday termed the NEP as “chaotic” and said it has several unanswered questions stating that it seeks to impose Hindi on non Hindi speaking States.
Brushing aside the policy as ‘unacceptable’ for the union territory, the CM said, “What is relevant for northern States cannot be taken as suitable for the southern states.”
Charging the Centre with seeking to “impose” Sanskrit through NEP, he also said it was fomenting ‘confusion’.
Narayanasamy said that his government would soon enlist the views of all sections and would hold a meeting with the Ministers, legislators and academics to register their opinion on the NEP.
“Puducherry has five languages recognised as official languagues-Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, French and English. This was in line with the geographical locations of the regions-Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam-constituting the Union Territory besides adopting English,” he said.
Teaching up to class 5 in mother tongue or regional language, lowering the stakes of board exams, a single regulator for higher education institutions except for law and medical colleges are part of the sweeping reforms in the policy.
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