All technical courses including engineering will also be taught in respective regional languages from the next academic year. This significant decision has been finalized in a top-level review meeting headed by the Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
The Ministry has listed some IITs, NITs to strategize and execute this decision. In the crucial meeting it was also decided that the NTA (National Testing Agency), which conducts the Joint Entrance Exam (Main) and National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) will now also the prepare syllabus for selected competitive examinations.
In addition to this, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has also been instructed to disburse the scholarships on time and a helpline should also be set up soon and all the complaints of students should be resolved immediately.
Earlier last month, the NTA (National Testing Agency) announced its decision to conduct the engineering entrance exam, JEE (Main), in nine regional languages in addition to Hindi and English from the next year i.e. academic year 2021-22.
However, the IITs have not yet finalized any decision in this regard. This significant decision put forward by the Education Ministry will be considered final only after the joint decision of all the Indian and National Institute of Technologies.
As of now, to begin with, this decision, the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU) will start teaching all engineering courses in Hindi.
This pronouncement comes after the Union Cabinet of India approved the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020 on July 29, earlier this year. This policy replaces the age-old National Policy on Education of 1986. To be noted, the NEP 2020 has a clause that encourages education in regional languages.