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HRD Ministry’s New Diktat: Only People Who Know Hindi Will Get A Job At IISER; Non-Hindi Speakers Must Learn ‘Basic Hindi’

'Why should Hindi be mandatory for non-teaching (or teaching positions),' some civil citizens' organisations have questioned.

You must know basic Hindi if you want to apply for a job at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).

The Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry, which runs the IISERs made basic Hindi knowledge compulsory for the non-teaching staff. The IISER, Kolkata has invited applications for jobs and this is one of the requirements, which is specified.

“It is a policy decision the government has taken. So, that staff at these institutes should know the national language,” a senior official of the Union Human Resources Development Ministry told The New Indian Express. Soon, other centres would also adopt the policy, the official added.

This is against the linguistic equality, which the Indian constitution provides and is an attempt by the government to “impose Hindi”, some civil citizens’ organisations have claimed.

According to the IISER, Kolkata advertisement, people who are applying for the posts of deputy registrar, executive engineers, assistant registrar and others will have to know basic Hindi.

Garga Chatterjee, a senior member of Bangla Pokkho, a Bengali language and people’s rights organisation said, “To make the knowledge of Hindi mandatory for Hindi teachers is understandable. But, what reason could be behind this bizarre move if not an imposition? Also, if the medium of instruction in these institutes is English, how does it matter if teachers and other staffers do not know Hindi?”

The HRD official said, “The government believes one language should bind the nation, and expecting staffers in institutes run by the Union government (to know Hindi) is a step in that direction.”

“This is against the linguistic equality as enshrined in the constitution and will be protested,” said Senthil Nathan, a member of the Chennai-based Centre for Language Equality and Rights.

The centrally-funded basic science and research institutes are located in Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Berhampur and Mohali.

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