The HRD ministry, headed by Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' is set to be renamed Ministry of Education under the new National Education Policy | File photo: ANI
Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' | File Photo: ANI
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New Delhi: Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) will start offering engineering courses in mother tongue for the academic session 2021-22, the Ministry of Education said in a press statement Thursday.

The decision, taken in a meeting chaired by Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, is in line with the new National Education Policy (NEP) that calls for education in one’s mother tongue as far as possible.

“A seminal decision was made to start technical education, especially engineering courses (in mother tongues) … imparting education in mother tongue will be opened from next academic year. A few IIT and NIT are being shortlisted for the same,” a press statement from the ministry read.


Also read: NEP allows schools to teach in mother tongue, but parents wonder which language it will be


Govt short listing institutes

Talking about the decision, a senior official told ThePrint that to begin with, engineering courses in Hindi will start in IIT Banaras Hindu University (BHU). “For now we have zeroed down on IIT BHU to start engineering courses in mother tongue. More institutes — IITs and NITs, will be shortlisted for the purpose in the coming days,” the official said.

Sources in the ministry said it was felt that the effort should be started in IIT BHU initially as it has a strong base in Hindi. Names of other institutes will be decided after meeting with officials from IIT, NIT and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in the coming days.

Since NEP 2020 was announced, Pokhriyal has been pushing for education in regional languages. In an interview to ThePrint in August, Pokhriyal said that education in one’s mother tongue should be imparted wherever possible. He has also advocated the same at public forums and seminars that took place after the NEP announcement.

The NEP 2020 advocates for education in one’s mother tongue right from primary class  onwards.

Last month, the ministry had announced that the Joint Entrance Exam (Mains) will be conducted in more regional languages from 2021. The exam is currently conducted in Hindi, English and Gujarati. According to the announcement, plans are afoot to offer the exam in “regional languages where entry to state engineering colleges is decided based on an examination conducted in regional language”.


Also read: All about 3-language formula, the bone of contention between Centre & southern states


 

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Its a good step also the government must ensure that every other professional courses like law,medicine and sciences in regional languages

  2. Its a good step hope even courses like medicine and other science courses must also be taught in regional languages

  3. A great step and a big leap I’m the right direction. We need to focus on our strengthening our core and opening up professional courses in native languages will definitely help the cause. This was long awaited and it’s great to see BJP marching on with this implementation. Very well done indeed!

  4. This is not at all good for students,because already students from IIT s are lacking in English,if it do so,it will further not only affects the future of student and also reputation of institutions.The top recruiters fly to private deemed universities.IIT and NITS lost the name in international community.Moreover one who enters this kind of premier institution,already they might study lot of English books for cracking JEE So don’t underestimate the skills of students

  5. A very good initiative. Mother tongue is best medium for learning. But government has to ensure jobs for passed students.

  6. Actually how students get job after doing their Degree in their mother tongue , if they wants to do job in another state or country . I think respect for mother tongue is different thing and edjucation is different.

  7. They want tocreateconfudion in educational institutions also. Long live h8ndi domination and long live protests against Hindi imposition.

  8. Good practice. In future, Hindus will be confined to India, no more American dream for them, they will be IIT graduates and gau rakshaks.

    Let us see how many of the BJP cadre will opt for Hindi for their children.

  9. Great. Earlier they made Roorki, bhu into iit – it is difficult to transform old hindi belt colleges into iits as they love to maintain hindi culture. So better to transform north indian iits into hindi colleges under the leadership of bhu ! Also this ensures all hindi students can get easy admission to north indian iits. Tamil will be happy to have iit Madras for themselves. We can get rid off the JEE exam and remove the stress on students. Best way to undo india !

  10. Give opportunity to all… Irrespective of the age limit, language barrier and caste. Allow people to make fresh start.
    You people limit everything to get the best talent and then he goes to abroad.
    People here become goons, rowdy, corrupt contractors, corrupt politicians.
    Invest time in creating opportunities for employment instead of education. Education is like bow and arrow, employment is like target board. If you keep on setting up bow and arrow without target board, people will start hitting each others with arrow.

  11. Well I would say that if you are offering study in Hindi language, then please don’t ask interview questions in english language while job placement.

  12. The print please raise my story
    I was a JEE candidate 2020. I belong to a farmer family and to reach IIT is my goal I qualified my main exam with 99.4 percentile. l was totally prepared for IIT JEE exam then I appear for JEE advanced 2020 my exam centre was in Jodhpur. I am from a village of Pali BANTA . Finally I reached Jodhpur on 26 September in the morning. Their was sudden total lockdown in jodhpur on 26 &27 sep. All hotels and shop were closed no rikshaw no buses on the road . I was scared how I will reach my exam centre it was 30 kilometre away from Jodhpur Raj Engineering College spent my complete day with 1 packet biscuit and anxiety and fear(how I will reach to exame centre) Spented night at the road side . On the date of exame (27sep) I was hungry fully filled by anxiety and tired. Every students reaching the centre with parents on bike or car .I requested many of them but no one helped me. I requested policeman and the good policeman dropped me at the exam centre. I completed my 1st paper with hunger stomach
    And 2nd as same.
    It was my last chance to attempt jee advanced
    Covid was not my fault. I appeared for the exam was not my fault I exhausted my two attempts for JEE advanced covid destroyed my goal to teach IIT
    I not qualified for JEE advanced
    I am waiting till now that the government will think about it and gave us 1 more attempt for JEE advanced
    I was a hindi medium student avoid English mistake

  13. Is education minister gone mad? Already students are struggling. Rather teaching maths science in english from start they are making things worse. How will they able to secure job or work if they have studied everything in Hindi or any other mother tongue.

    • They can secure job as go rakshak, RSS chai wallah etc. Kapail Mishra sent an online job offer for a Hindu ecosystem. This Hindi training is all part of that Hindi-Hindu rashtra.

  14. Awesome initiative. It is well known that comprehension is better in mother tongue. But minister must make sure jobs in corporate sector also switch to regional languages and don’t focus on english, otherwise there will be few takers.

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