CHENNAI: Allaying apprehensions that Hindi would be imposed on Tamil Nadu in the wake of the Central government coming up with the draft New Education Policy 2019, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said the State government staunchly believes in the two-language policy of Tamil and English.
“This has been the firm stand since the times of (former Chief Ministers) Anna, MGR and Amma (J. Jayalalithaa). As far as the AIADMK and Amma government are concerned, Amma had on several occasions explained the stand and even went on record in the Assembly,” Mr Panneerselvam said.
While commenting on the controversy triggered by the NEP recommendations, the Deputy CM told reporters here that the former Chief Minister Jayalailthaa had always advocated two-language policy. “She had clearly explained the stand,” he said and averred that there would no deviation in the view point.
At Sattur in Virudhunagar in the State, Milk and Dairy Development Minister K. T. Rajenthra Bhalaji said the ruling AIADMK believed in two-language policy and that his party would oppose any move to implement tri-lingual policy. He said the government would not promote any scheme that the people did not accept.
In the draft NEP 2019, the committee constituted by the Union HRD Ministry recommended the implementation of three-language formula which includes English and Hindi besides mother tongue in the non-Hindi speaking States, while the Hindi-speaking States should include English and an Indian language from other parts of India.
After a controversy erupted in Tamil Nadu with several parties opposing the move, Education Secretary R. Subrahmanyam on Saturday clarified that no policy decision has been taken by the government yet and there would be no “imposition of any language in educational institutions.”
“This is a draft policy submitted by the committee and is placed for the views of the general public. It is not the policy announced by the government. After getting feedback from the general public, and after consulting State governments, the National Educational Policy will be finalised by the government,” Subrahmanyam said in a tweet....