23-Jan-2013, 11:07 AM
(23-Jan-2013, 10:43 AM)stupidseeker Wrote: If this is true then why do the navodaya schools insist on teaching hindi in regions where it is not as widely spoken ?
I agree that Hindi is also a regional language - just that it happens to be the largest one, with the second largest one quite far away from it, where largest is number of native speakers. So it is one of the official languages of GoI, the other one being English. English was included as an official language to assuage the concerns of non-Hindi speaking people.
Navodaya schools being GoI funded (except for land that State Govt is expected to provide) therefore teach Hindi and English, but they dont stop there - they also teach a third language even in the Hindi belt.
(23-Jan-2013, 10:43 AM)stupidseeker Wrote: And what is wrong with the two language formula that envirovivek proposed i.e the local language along with English ??
My view is that schools with one language formula are also kosher - parents that want their children to learn just one language will send their children to these schools. Similarly, two language formula schools are also kosher. What is not kosher is "There shall be no 3 language formula schools in my State"
(23-Jan-2013, 10:43 AM)stupidseeker Wrote: Can anyone tell me which three languages will be taught in a navodaya school in a state in the cowbelt e.g Uttar Pradesh and one in southern India, say Tamill nadu ??
My understanding is that in the Hindi belt, the three languages are English, Hindi and a non-Hindi Indian language - the non-Hindi language may differ from school to school.
(23-Jan-2013, 10:43 AM)stupidseeker Wrote: And why is there an insistence that prospective students clear a hindi entrance exam to get admission to these schools as envirovivek mentioned above ??
Beyond envirovivek's claim, I see no evidence to back it up. On the contrary, the contents of the admission prospectus at
are not consistent with envirovivek's claim. I quote from the admission prospectus refered to above:
Quote: 2. Language of the Examination
The language/medium of the examination for the candidate will be the medium through which the candidate is studying in Class-V.
A candidate will be given a test booklet in the language he/she has mentioned in the application form and admit card. It must be ensured that Same Medium of Examination/Language is written in the Application Form (Col.10) and Admit Card (Col.1). The test booklet is available in the following languages:
1. Assamese 2. Bengali 3. Bodo
4. English 5. Garo 6. Gujarati
7. Hindi 8. Kannada 9. Khasi
10. Malayalam 11. Manipuri 12. Marathi
13. Mizo 14. Oriya 15. Punjabi
16. Sindhi (Arabic) 17. Sindhi (Devnagri) 18. Tamil
19. Telugu 20. Urdu 21. Nepali