HC Deb 26 March 1872 vol 210 cc688-9

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether the study of Hindustani has been discontinued in the Military Academy at Woolwich; and, if so, why? He should omit the latter part of his Question as it appeared on the Paper—namely, and, whether he will recommend that the study of that language be made compulsory on every cadet proceeding to India?—as he understood that no commissions had been given for distinguished Indian services for the last two years, and that when they were given they were not particularly to regiments serving in India more than to any other.


said, the study of Hindustani had been discontinued owing to a recommendation from the Royal Commission on Military Education, the reason being that, in the opinion of the Commissioners, too large a number of subjects of study was unfavourable to the accurate knowledge of any.

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