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Hindi Test Made Mandatory To Obtain Degree From DU,North East Students Tensed

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Compulsory Hindi Test issue has returned to Delhi University, with some colleges putting notice’s asking all students to appear for the exam which be held at the end of this semester.

The exam,which is mandatory to get a degree, has led to some discomfort,especially among students from the Northeast.

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Satyawati (Evening) College was the first one to put this notice, on September 14.

It reads, “All students of the first, second and third year are hereby informed that those students who have not studied Hindi in classes VIII, X and XII are required to appear for the CHT. Otherwise, after passing the course, they will not be issued a degree certificate.”

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The test is mandatory for those who opted out of Hindi after Class VIII. The Hindi department last year asked college principals to start a course aimed at imparting knowledge of basic Hindi.This proposal was cleared by the academic council in July 2016 but due to protests last year,colleges decided not to implement it.

On Tuesday, the North East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS), a students’ body, submitted a memorandum to Satyawati (Evening) College Principal.

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While DU’s Academic Council had earlier exempted students from Manipur, Sikkim, Nagaland, Mizoram (Scheduled Tribes) and Khasi (Tribe Hills), colleges appeared to be unaware of this fact, leaving many students confused.

Some colleges, including Dyal Singh College, have already started teaching the course. In Ramjas College, CHT is compulsory for first-year students of BA Programme.In the absence of a fresh circular, some colleges have not implemented the move.

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