In a major push for promoting Marathi, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, on Thursday has reportedly announced his administration's decision to make Marathi compulsory for all educational boards in the state, while addressing the Vidhan Sabha session in Mumbai, prior to Assembly polls.
Sources have further reported that the admisnistration plans to impose this rule in all schools and may introduce a strict law to enforce the same. Fadnavis has reportedly said that he would make the necessary ammendments to make Marathi compulsory in all educational boards.
Earlier on Thursday, in another educational reform, the Uttar Pradesh state cabinet had approved the draft Uttar Pradesh Private Universities Ordinance 2019 in which there is a clause where private universities are required to sign an undertaking that they will not undertake 'anti-national' activities. It gives the state government to take action if a university is found involved in any such activity. The policy will be presented before the cabinet in the upcoming assembly session.
Educational reform has been a major focus for the Modi government 2.0, where earlier on June 3, the Centre revised their National Education Policy 2019 (NEP 2019) with no mention of Hindi as a compulsory language in the three-language formula and stating that 'students free to choose any language they want'.
The move by the BJP-led Maharashtra government is along the lines of its ally Shiv Sena to promote Marathi in the state, which has been constantly been a poll topic for the Sena. Maharshtra Assembly polls is set to be held in October 2019 where BJP-Shiv Sena combination will face a diminished Congress-NCP-MNS allaince.
Earlier on Wednesday, Fadnavis said that the issue of who will be the next Maharashtra Chief Minister has been discussed and decided with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackrey while attending Shiv Sena foundation day celebrations in Mumbai.
While Sena recently gained two cabinet seats in the Maharashtra state cabinet expansion, the party is reportedly eying the Chief Minister's post for Uddhav's son Aaditya Thackeray if the BJP-Sena alliance wins the state elections. Many Shiv Sena leaders have publically expressed the party's wishes to see Aaditya ascend the post.