GUWAHATI: The All Assam Sanskrit Students’ Union (AASSU) on Saturday slammed the state government for its “apathy” towards over 400 Sanskrit tolls (institutes) across the state.
Addressing a news conference here, secretary of the union, Jugal Kumar Mahanta, demanded a separate directorate for Sanskrit tolls in Assam. “If the state government can constitute a separate directorate for the madrassas, why is it reluctant to open a directorate for Sanskril tolls,” said Mahanta.Criticizing the state government, he added, “Though the Centre is giving a lot of importance to Sanskrit and has made it a medium of imparting moral education to students, a student studying in state government-run schools can only study Sanskrit in Class IX and X and that too as an elective subject. Even private schools affiliated to CBSE are giving ample importance to Sanskrit.”
The AASSU also asked the state government to start functioning of the proposed Sanskrit University in Nalbari district at the earliest. Infrastructure of Sanskrit tolls should be improved so that students can get quality education in this era of competitiveness. Over 20,000 students are studying in such tolls in the state.”Most Sanskrit tolls are functioning with four teachers, which is inadequate.
Moreover, the high schools are enjoying much more facilities compared to the Sanskrit tolls. Our demand is to remove this disparity,” added Mahanta.