As soon as the HRD minister said that the Sanskrit language will be introduced in the IITs, a wave of reactions erupted throughout the country.
The IITs students will be taking up Sanskrit as an elective course along with their main stream in their curriculum as said by the HRD ministry on Thursday.
In an reply to the upper house of the Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, HRD minister Irani said that committee which is headed by former CEC N Gopalaswami, had suggested that IITs may continue to study science and technology as reflected in Sanskrit literature, along with inter-disciplinary study of Sanskrit and modern subjects, that is to add up Sanskrit in the IITs college as well, as it is one of the oldest languages in the entire world.
The main aim or motto to add up Sanskrit in the syllabus is to mark up the respect and gain back its importance. This step is taken in central universities, so that the youth of India can actually understand the significance behind our language of gods.
"In consonance with the recommendations, IITs have been requested to offer Sanskrit as an elective subject or as a language course for students who wish to study the language," Irani said.
Responding to one more question related to IITs, and other central universities Irani said that although 2,463 teaching positions in these institutes were vacant as per the data on September 1, 2015, research scholars, contract adjunct and visiting faculty more than adequately compensated for these.
Let's hope that with this explanation, the criticism of the ministry's decision dies down.