May 6, 2016 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh/ New Delhi: Under attack from the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Shiromani Akal Dal (Badal) and other Sikh groups over alleged discontinuation of regional languages, including Punjabi, in government run schools in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party today offered explanation while alleging that it was mere ‘rumour’.
In a written release issued today the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) criticized Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) for spreading allegedly false and mischievous rumours that Punjabi language is being discontinued from govt run schools in Delhi.
In a statement issued on May 04, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee had alleged that AAP government in Delhi has ordered to discontinue Punjab and Urdu in government run schools (read detailed news on our Punjabi language news-portal).
AAP senior leader and Sangrur MP, Bhagwant Mann said it is a false propaganda of Badals to divert the attention of the people of Punjab from the real issues.
The party makes it clear that no change has been made in this regard for the current academic session, and all such reports are baseless, false and made with an intention to spread unnecessary confusion in the minds of parents and students.
As per release all the schools under the Directorate of Education are affiliated to CBSE and they follow its Scheme of Studies and Examination Bylaws. As per its scheme of studies for class IX & X for the Academic Session 2016-17, a student can opt any two languages out of the following:-
Hindi, English, Punjabi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Manipuri, Oriya, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Lepcha, Limbu, Bhutia, Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Nepali, Tibetan, Mizo.
“The Students may offer any one of the following as an additional subject: Language other than the two compulsory languages (offered as subjects of study. The position was the same during the last Academic Session. No change has been made by the Directorate of Education GNCT of Delhi in this regard, either in the general scheme of studies or under the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) scheme” reads the statement.
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