President Pranab Mukherjee has agreed to a parliamentary panel's recommendation to make Hindi compulsory till class tenth in CBSE-affiliated schools and Kendriya Vidyalayas. The Ministry of Human Resources and Development has also been instructed to form a concomitant policy in consultation with the states to make Hindi compulsory in these schools.
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"The HRD Ministry should make serious efforts to make Hindi language compulsory in curriculum. As a first step, Hindi should be made a compulsory subject up to standard X in all schools of CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan," the Presidential order said.
"The Centre should form a policy in consultation with the state governments," the order added.
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The recommendations were made in the ninth report of the Committee of Parliament on Official Language.
Last year, the CBSE had suggested an expansion of the three-language formula - English and any two Indian languages - to classes ninth and tenth. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, however, is yet to make a decision on this suggestion.