Judge pulls government for not permitting filling of aided posts, particularly those imparting Sanskrit and Oriental studies
Justice L. Narasimha Reddy of the High Court on Tuesday directed the government to pave way for filling half the vacant posts of Sanskrit teachers or lecturers in aided institutions within three months.
The judge pulled up the government for not permitting aided posts to be filled in institutions, particularly those imparting Sanskrit and Oriental studies. The court was dealing with a writ petition filed by Aided Sanskrit Schools Managements Association A.P. through its chief organising convener, Jalla Venkateswarulu.
All under garb of ban
The petitioner complained that in the name of a ban the government is not permitting filling of posts in Sanskrit colleges and Oriental schools. The petitioner stated that the Supreme Court had permitted filling of posts which had arisen and the process had been initiated prior to 2004. This was leading to closure of schools and colleges imparting Sanskrit and Oriental studies.
Justice Narasimha Reddy reminded that the government introduced the scheme of expanding grant-in-aid to private educational institutions to fill the gap between the demand and availability facilities in the field of education. The judge pointed out that the governments were launching populist schemes involving thousands of crores but maintained austerity in the matter of filling posts in aided institutions.
The judge pointed out that there seem to be a “firm resolve to permit the institutions to die a natural death, which existed for decades together, even while thousands of crores of rupees are doled out for scholarships to students studying professional courses in private and corporate institutions.”
The judge said that due to this the institutions imparting value-based education in Sanskrit and Oriental studies are facing extinction. Private educational agencies are busy making money by running corporate colleges at the plus 2 stage.
Even some foreign countries are spending large amounts of money to undertake teaching and learning of Sanskrit.