Chandigarh, Sept 03: In a landmark decision, the Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the draft bill for the Punjab Languages (Amendment) Act to make the study of Punjabi compulsory up to class tenth in Government and private schools.
Giving details, Harcharan Bains Media Advisor to the
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that the Bill, once
becomes an Act, would apply equally to the schools affiliated
to the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), Central Board of
Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate Secondary
Examination (ICSE) through out Punjab.
Similarly, all the official work in the government offices
and semi-government institutions would be carried on in
All official correspondence and the official work in all
Colleges and Universities in the state would also be carried
in the Punjab Language, Bains said.
Presiding over the Cabinet meeting, Badal described this
decision as "One of the happiest decisions of my life".
Badal said that, “the Cabinet has in effect saluted the
entire unmatched history and tradition of the Punjabi people.
Today's decision has profound historical and cultural
dimensions and is our humble tribute to the Language, which symbolizes the unparalleled spiritual legacy of our great Masters".
"Our great Gurus poured out their divine message to the
entire mankind, bestowing upon it the stature of Gurmukhi (the
language of the Gurus)", said Badal.
Badal said that the Punjabis all over the world would
celebrate the occasion with illumination of their houses on
the pattern of the Diwali.
The Bill, the draft of which was piloted in the Cabinet
meeting by the Education Minister Dr Upinderjit Kaur would be
introduced in the forthcoming session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha