CBSE schools may be asked to abide by three language formula
Armed with the Supreme Court's observation, government is likely to direct CBSE-affiliated schools to implement the "three language" formula under which Sanskrit or any other "modern Indian language" would be mandatory along with English and Hindi.

Indication in this respect came from HRD Ministry officials who said issuing a circular afresh has become imperative now so as to "course-correct" any anomalies and abide by National Policy on Education which espouses the three language formula.

Most of the CBSE schools do not "strictly" follow the three language formula despite a directive issued in this regard earlier, the officials said.

Under the three-language formula, any "modern Indian language" as per the Constitution, could be taken as third language by a student along with English and Hindi.

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The "modern Indian languages" include Sanskrit which has been in focus recently after government decided to bring it to replace German as third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas.

The Supreme Court on Friday accepted the proposal of the HRD Ministry with regard to introduction of Sanskrit as a third language, observing that it would not create any additional burden on the students as no exam would be conducted.

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The move could come as a shot in arms for bodies like Sanskrit Bharati, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh outfit, which has been demanding teaching of Sanskrit in CBSE schools instead of foreign language.