The government of Himachal will introduce Sanskrit language and Vedic mathematics in elementary grades.


  • Chairman of Himachal Pradesh School Education Board (HPSEB), Dr. Suresh Kumar Soni says that the new curriculum will be introduced from the next academic session
  • Sanskrit will be taught from class 3 and Vedic mathematics from 6th standard.
  • Congress says BJP is trying to saffronize and politicize education

In so-called saffronization of education, Dr. Suresh Kumar Soni, head of Himachal Pradesh School Education Board (HPSEB), started a controversy by saying that the board would introduce Sanskrit language from class 3 and Vedic mathematics from the 6th standard. from the next academic session.

Dr. Soni, in a press conference in Dharamshala, said that Vedic mathematics will be introduced from the 6th standard and at least three questions will be asked on Vedic every term.

HPSEB 1st in India to introduce Sanskrit in class 3

“HPSEB will be the first school board in the country to introduce Sanskrit into the third standard.
Teachers will be trained accordingly by including Sanskrit and Vedic mathematics in the Diploma in Education (D.Ed) course,” Dr. Soni said.

The head of the council said the exam pattern for the third and fourth standard Sanskrit exams would be objective. After the fifth standard, the exams will be descriptive.

He said that only two to three chapters of Vedic Mathematics will be introduced in the 6th standard so that students will not be overburdened. However, the Sanskrit language lessons will be divided into three stages.

Reacting to the council’s decision, Congress accused the BJP of saffronizing the education system.

“The BJP is trying to saffronize and politicize education. Instead of imposing the party agenda, the Jairam government should improve facilities in schools,” Congress spokesman Naresh Chauhan said.

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