3-language policy: National Education Policy draft revised, 2 members object

3-language policy: National Education Policy draft revised, 2 members object

The criticism forced the HRD Ministry to issue a statement Saturday clarifying that the policy was only a draft and will be finalised after incorporating public feedback and views of the state governments. (Representational image)

Two members of the government-appointed committee led by scientist K Kasturirangan are learnt to have objected Monday to their chairperson’s decision to revise a contentious paragraph in the draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2018, dropping a reference to Hindi and English in the recommendation on the three-language formula.

Following protests by political parties, mainly in Tamil Nadu, on what they called the “imposition” of Hindi, the HRD Ministry, at Kasturirangan’s behest, has shared a revised document on its website, which dropped the recommendation that stipulated the languages that students must choose to study from Grade 6.

Committee members Ram Shankar Kureel, former founder vice-chancellor of Baba Saheb Ambedkar University of Social Sciences in Madhya Pradesh, and K M Tripathy, former chairperson of Uttar Pradesh High School and Intermediate Examination Board, are learnt to have registered their opposition to the revision of the draft with the government.

Responding to an email sent by an HRD Ministry official, informing all committee members of the change effected at the behest of Kasturirangan, Kureel is learnt to have called the move unfortunate, while Tripathy objected to the changes made without consulting the committee members — especially since the changes had been discussed and decided against during the panel’s deliberations. The panel has a total of 11 members.

When contacted, Tripathy refused to comment on the matter. Kureel told The Indian Express: “The committee had submitted the hard copy to the HRD Minister (on May 31) and that is the report of the NEP. I stand by that report. The three-language formula is in the interest of national integration.” He did not wish to comment any further.

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The formula, the opposition

The three-language formula, dating back to 1968, means students in Hindi-speaking states should learn a modern Indian language, apart from Hindi and English and, in non-Hindi-speaking states, Hindi along with the regional language and English. Tamil Nadu has always opposed this policy, and the new row is over the draft NEP proposing its continuation.

Advocating for bringing in flexibility in the implementation of the three-language formula, the earlier version of the draft NEP, uploaded on the ministry’s website on May 31, read: “In keeping with the principle of flexibility, students who wish to change one of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6, so long as the study of three languages by students in the Hindi-speaking states would continue to include Hindi and English and one of the modern Indian languages from other parts of India, while the study of languages by students in the non-Hindi-speaking states would include the regional language, Hindi and English.”

The revised version states: “In keeping with the principle of flexibility, students who wish to change one or more of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6 or Grade 7, so long as they are able to still demonstrate proficiency in three languages (one language at the literature level) in their modular Board Examinations some time during secondary school.”

The draft NEP was submitted to the new HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on May 31, following which it was made public for feedback and suggestion.

The earlier version of the draft’s pitch for the proper implementation of the three-language formula in schools across the country drew strong reaction from the DMK, which dubbed the suggestion as an effort to “thrust” Hindi on Tamil Nadu.

The criticism forced the HRD Ministry to issue a statement Saturday clarifying that the policy was only a draft and will be finalised after incorporating public feedback and views of the state governments.

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Amazon Serves Up Tennis to Its UK Prime Members With ATP Deal

Amazon Serves Up Tennis to Its UK Prime Members With ATP Deal

Amazon.com will exclusively stream 37 top men’s tennis tournaments from 2019 to its Amazon Prime Videosubscribers in Britain and Ireland after it won the ATP broadcast rights from pay-TV group Sky .

The deal underlines Amazon’s ambition to challenge traditional pay-TV providers by using exclusive sports and entertainment content to attract people to its video service.

Amazon will also be the pay-TV partner for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 in London, and from 2018 the Queen’s Club Championships and the Eastbourne International, ATP said.

Amazon Prime, which also offers music and free delivery for Amazon purchases, costs GBP 79 ($104) a year in Britain.

ATP said the deal, which covers the top competitions outside the four Grand Slams, would take tennis to a bigger audience and enable fans to watch how and when they wanted.

“This is really the first time that a major sport in a key market has awarded its rights to an Over-The-Top provider,” said Stuart Watts, chief operating officer of ATP Media.

ATP said a “golden generation of players” and a global platform of tournaments had increased the appeal of the game.

“We are looking to attract a new generation of fans who really are demanding a greater flexibility to be able to decide the time and place they tune in to watch their favourite content,” said ATP Executive Chairman Chris Kermode.

ATP declined to say how much Amazon was paying for the rights but said it had secured a higher price than in the last auction. Sky paid about GBP 8 million ($10.6 million) a year, according to reports.

Amazon said it would offer fans on-demand replays and highlights as well as live matches.

“It’s the next step for Amazon and live sports following up on the deal we have currently in place with the NFL, where we are streaming 11 games,” said Amazon Video’s Head of Sport Jim DeLorenzo.

Tennis TV, ATP Media’s direct to consumer streaming service, will also be available for subscription on Amazon’s Channels for Prime members in the United States from 2018, ATP said.

Earlier this month Amazon streamed all 16 Next Gen ATP Finals matches during the inaugural men’s 21-and-under showcase, after announcing it had won those rights in September.

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