It was during the Nehru’s regime that the 3-language formula was evolved to satisfy the conflicting claims of various languages groups in the country. The students of all secondary schools in India were required to study as compulsory part of the school curriculum the following languages.
(a) The regional language and mother tongue when the latter is different from the regional language.
(b) Hindi or on Hindi speaking areas another modern Indian language, preferably of the south Indian group.
(c) English or any other European language. At the meeting of chief ministers in 1961 Nehru had said that he knew six-languages and that learning of three languages at the secondary school should not be difficult.