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Tamil Nadu opposes Centre's circular on teaching Hindi in universities

Deccan Chronicle | DC Correspondent

Published on: September 18, 2014 | Updated on: Invalid date

Jayalalithaa says teaching Hindi in universities is against the law

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa (Photo: PTI/File)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa (Photo: PTI/File)

New Delhi: Tamil Nadu on Thursday opposed the Centre’s circular on teaching Hindi in universities.

Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said, "It is against the law."

The decision taken during the UPA regime is not binding on Tamil Nadu, she added.

The issue relates to a circular sent by the language department of the Union Home Ministry to universities directing them to make sure that law and commerce degree courses are also taught in Hindi. The circular also asked the universities to submit a report on the steps being taken to implement the order.

The circular was originally issued under then prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh in 2011 but the present circular is a follow up on that decision by the NDA government.

Meanwhile, political parties in Tamil Nadu, including NDA allies PMK and MDMK, are against the decision and allege that this is an attempt to impose Hindi on the state.

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