Computers more important than Vedas now,
AP minister tells Centre
The Andhra Pradesh government today rejected the Centre's proposal to introduce the Vedas and the Upanishads in school curricula, saying these are Hindu religious scriptures and the proposal is neither desirable nor constitutionally sustainable.
Addressing the conference of state education ministers and secretaries in New Delhi today, Minister for Higher Education K Pratibha Bharathi also dismissed the proposal to introduce Sanskrit as a compulsory subject from standard III onwards.
She pointed out that Andhra Pradesh is already implementing the three-language formula, and the addition of one more language will mean an extra burden on students as well as modification of a settled formula.
Instead, she suggested that students be given the option to study any two languages out of English, Hindi, Sanskrit, and other regional languages.
Emphasising the need for computer education, she said the Andhra Pradesh government has already set up a 'special task force' under which all universities will be provided Internet facilities and also have networked on-line communication, including conferencing facilities, by the end of this year.
She said the state government has also undertaken a quality-improvement programme in technical education with the help of the World Bank.
Bharathi said to promote education and sports simultaneously, the government of India should provide full financial assistance to convert at least one school in each district with adequate infrastructure into a residential sports school.
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