With the aim of promoting Sanskrit both in written and spoken form among the students of Maharashtra, the Maharashtra State Bureau of Text Book Production and Curriculum Research also known as Balbharti, revised the whole syllabus of the Sanskrit language for classes 8 and 9. Now the textbooks will be entirely in Sanskrit and even the subject will be taught in Sanskrit.
New books will be more interactive
According to the reports, the textbooks are being offered to students of English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati medium and are more engaging than their previous counterparts. In the new textbooks special emphasis are given to the pictorial representation, activity based learning, stories, songs and even small conversations which will make the learning process interactive, easy and engaging.
Sanskrit in conversation to be promoted
An official said, "If you see the earlier textbooks, even though the content was Sanskrit, often the head of questions such as 'Match the Following' or 'Fill in Blanks' was written in English or another language. Even some grammatical explanations were given in other languages."
"But in the new books, everything is in Sanskrit only as we want the students to take complete interest in this language," he continued. "Earlier, students would view this language more like a bookish subject but the idea is to make them move to conversational Sanskrit. Hence, the new books have lots of pictures, small everyday conversations,diagrams," he said.
When Balbharti officials were asked about the learning in difficulty one may face due to fact that now entire book is in Sanskrit they said, for words and concepts which are difficult QR codes have been given in the textbook. Students and teachers can scan them which will re-direct them to the webpage that explains the word. From there they can also look for the word in other additional languages.