HRD minister Smriti Irani recently requested the IITs across the nation to start teaching Sanskrit. The main motive behind her decision is to let students explore the rich knowledge which has been discussed in the Vedas. According to Irani, there is profound scientific knowledge present in our Vedas which the younger generation needs to know and apply so as to become better minds in the future but a point that remains is how can someone comprehend ancient texts like Vedas by studying Sanskrit merely for four years? Engineering is a huge deal in its whole and combining it with Sanskrit is going to make the twists and turns even harder (never mind the ever increasing suicide rates in IIts due to excessive pressure).
This is not the first time that our politicians have come up with the idea of teaching Sanskrit to the young and developing minds, earlier in July 2000 the government had issued notices to around 40 institutions, including the IITs and IISC under NDA-I, asking them to consider introducing Sanskrit courses. Since then, various IITs have integrated the knowledge available in ancient Indian texts in the mainstream engineering curriculum. During the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s earlier tenure in 2000, an advisory was issued for introduction of Sanskrit language, which had led IIT Bombay and IIT Gandhinagar to have cells and courses specific to Sanskrit studies.
Irani’s statement is being mocked all over the internet not only by the youngsters but by the politician like Manish Sisodia himself. Though the statement has not been framed out as a law yet but is recoded in writing.
While there is a plethora of confusion all around, we hope that a final decision is taken only after considering all the positive and negative factors surrounding it. Give us your views in the section below because they matter!