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Posted at: Jan 19, 2015, 1:41 AM; last updated: Jan 19, 2015, 1:37 AM (IST)

We’re saffronising education: Haryana Minister

We’re saffronising education: Haryana  Minister
Ram Bilas Sharma, Haryana Education Minister

Nitish Sharma

Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, January 18

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma today defended “saffronisation” of the education system in the state saying there was nothing wrong in it.

“We are going for saffronisation of the education system. This is just the beginning. We want complete saffronisation (of the education system) and there is nothing wrong in this,” he said today while addressing a programme at Shrimad Bhagwat Gita Senior Secondary School, where he worked as a teacher.

The Education Minister said in spite of opposition by a section of people, the decision of the state government to include Bhagwad Gita in the school curriculum was a historic one and had been appreciated across the world.

“The circumstances created in the country over the past 60 years are evident. While the Sanskrit language has become all but extinct, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has admitted to Sanskrit being the language for computers,” said Sharma. “Embassies of 124 countries in India have put up boards outside their premises seeking Sanskrit scholars, who are in great demand. The language is crucial for India to become a world leader,” he said. Talking to mediapersons later, he said: “We will consider reintroduction of boards for fifth and eight standards while preparing the new education policy. The state government is committed to providing quality education to the younger generation.”

But the Education Minister avoided queries regarding directions given to Deputy Commissioners on blacklisting those private schools that didn’t participate in competitions related to the “Beti bachao, beti padhao” campaign from the Republic Day celebrations.

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