I have been one of the strongest supporters of Sanskrit, as it is our great all India cultural language, and great injustice has been done to it.
In my article ' Sanskrit as a language of Science ' ( see on my blog justicekatju.blogspot.in and on the website kgfindia.com ) I have sought to remove the misconception about it that it is only a language for chanting mantras in rituals, but was really a language of free thinkers who thought and wrote on philosophy, science, mathematics, law, literature, grammar, interpretation, etc
That having been said, the truth is that Sanskrit has hardly any practical utility today for our youth.Today, young people in India want jobs, and knowledge of Sanskrit can hardly be of any help in getting a job.
On the other hand, knowledge of English, German, French, Mandarin, etc can help a person in getting a job, in India or abroad. That is why so many students opted for German rather than Sanskrit in our Kendriya Vidyalayas.
In my opinion the HRD Ministry's decision requires reconsideration