Former VC of Anna University expresses disappointment over 2-language formula, writes to CM

Close on the heels of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami reaffirming the State government’s stand on two-language policy, E Balagurusamy, former Vice Chancellor of Anna University has expressed disappointment over it.

“Although National Education Policy (NEP) does not insist on learning a particular language, learning a widely spoken language like Hindi provides our youth numerous benefits,” he said.

He added: “It helps to promote patriotism, national harmony, unity and integration, add value and strength to one’s personality, facilitate the mobility across states for employment, trade and business, promote goodwill among people and states, satisfy the needs of people joining central civil and defense and services and facilitate people joining multinational companies with multi-locations in the country.”

He urged people in Tamil Nadu to not fall prey to “false propaganda by certain sections of the society” against the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

Balagurusamy, who was handpicked by the late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa to head Anna University, has generally been supportive of NEP ever since the Centre came out with a draft notification.

In a letter to EPS, E Balagurusamy said, “My fellow academicians and myself read your views on the three-language formula proposed in the NEP 2020 with a heavy heart and anguish.”

Saying that he was “shocked and disappointed” with the statement, he added that it was “saddening and painful.”

The National Education Policy 2020, which was recently released, emphasised on educational institutions implementing a three-language formula. Responding to it last week, EPS had said that he was disappointed over the union government’s move and reiterated that the two-language policy will continue to be followed in schools in the state.