The Union Minister of State for Education said this will lead to enhanced learning outcomes and strengthen innovation and research
Union minister Subhas Sarkar and Maharashtra's Minister for Higher and Technical Education Chandrakant Patil on Monday launched books written in Marathi for diploma and under-graduate engineering courses in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Sarkar said the initiative is in line with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)'s philosophy of imparting technical education in Indian languages by introducing books in 12 local languages --- Hindi, Marathi, Telegu, Odia, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Gujarati, Kannada, Urdu, Malayalam and Assamese.
The Union Minister of State for Education said this will lead to enhanced learning outcomes and strengthen innovation and research. The new National Education Policy (NEP) lays much emphasis on imparting technical education in mother or regional languages, said Sarkar.
"Giving priority to local languages in the NEP manifests our commitment to all regional languages. We consider Indian languages the soul of 'Bharatiyata' (Indianness) and the link to a better future," said the Union minister. Technically advanced countries like France, Germany and South Korea, among others, have displayed one can achieve global education standards in mother tongues, he added.
"It (education in local languages) acts as a catalyst for inclusive development," Sarkar said. University Grants Commission and AICTE Chairman M Jagadeesh Kumar said research shows that when kids learn in their mother tongue, they become more creative and innovative.
"That's why there is a lot of emphasis in the NEP to provide students knowledge in schools, colleges and universities in our own Indian languages," he said. Last week, President Droupadi Murmu had launched AICTE books in Odia. Last month, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had launched medical books in Hindi in Madhya Pradesh.
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