A bench of Justices A R Dave and Kurian Joseph of the Apex Court accepted the proposal of Central Government for introducing Sanskrit as the third language replacing German in Kendriya Vidyalayas from the current academic session. However, Court said that the students would be required to appear in Sanskrit examination from the next academic session (2015-16).
Decision came after obtaining an assurance from the Central Government that, the mid-session switch from German to Sanskrit would in no way hinder the academic progress of the students. It was submitted by the Central Government that, the Ministry of HRD has already addressed the apprehensions of parents of Kendriya Vidyalaya students.
It was further submitted that, the students would be required to appear in Sanskrit examination only from the next academic session. However, schools would provide facilities to students who wanted to pursue German or any other language as an optional subject.
Upon convinced with the submissions of the Central Government, bench disposed of a petition by some parents of Kendriya Vidyalaya students. Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan had clarified that Class VIII students would not face difficulty as their marks in German in classes VI and VII would make them eligible to sit for class X board examination.