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HP university to allow students to opt Hindi as exam medium

HP university to allow students to opt Hindi as exam medium
In a first of its kind initiative, Himachal Pradesh Central University has allowed its students to opt for Hindi as medium of examination in all the courses run by it.

Annoucning this here on Tuesday, university's Vice-Chancellor Prof Kuldip Chand Agnihotri today said, "It is the right of the students to appear in Hindi if he/she doesn't want to appear in English".

A decision in this regard was taken in the recently organised executive council of the university in Dharamshala, Agnihotri told reporters here.

He further informed that MA Sanskrit has also been included in the university courses from the coming session and no tuition fee shall be charged from students for the discipline.

The council has also decided to start certificate course in History of Gujjars and also certificate course in Gojri language.

"The aim is to preserve Gojari and document Gujjar history and culture. There is no written text on the language spoken by Gujjars and it is facing extinction. By introducing a certificate course in Gojari, the university will be able to document the language," he said.

The vice-chancellor said the university was introducing various other courses, including BSc (honours) in physics, MA in sociology and MA in Sanskrit from this academic session.

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"We will start a yoga kendra in the central university of Himachal where research and studyshall be carried out on ASTANG Yoga," he said.

Since its establishment five years ago, the university is being run from the temporary building in Shahpur near here.

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The land on which the university campus is to come up is yet to be decided.

With the Union Ministry for Human Resources rejecting Indrunag site near Dharamsala proposed by the state government, a fresh proposal is learnt to have been sent to the Centre.

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