The Central Government is conducting high-level discussions to improve and tweak the new education policy Higher Education Program offers in 22 languages.
It would be a welcome step as the most disciplined, especially technical courses, relied heavily on English.
Once burned fingers with the design in New education policy in 2019 on the question of Language and ‘imposition of Hindi’, the center is preparing to go the extra mile to demonstrate its commitment to promote regional languages.
At the same time, the recommendations of the draft policy, especially concerning Expanding access to education for pre-primary level and the right to education Act commitments, are being re-rated as a requirement of substantial financial need.
Last policy, which has been reworked, stating that while the formula of three languageswill continue to be implemented, ‘great flexibility’ will be given to the states.
However, the center is viewed will go further in higher education. Currently, the bulk of higher education and almost all professional courses conducted in English. It is proposed that the policy includes a clause stating that, wherever possible, the medium of instruction in higher education should be in the mother tongue and the measures to be
Taken – by central, state and union territory – for incentives and fund the opening of new higher education institutions that have a medium of instruction in the mother tongue.
While the current draft does not mention that the policy of education and a higher level program should use Indian languages or become bilingual, the center is recommending it in a strong manner.
It is felt that many students drop out of higher education system in India because of emphasis on English, which puts students from regional language medium at back foot.
As a result, schools in many states in India have begun to switch from language to language-risk areas; moot.
The new policy has undergone several rounds of inspection and is expected to be placed before the Cabinet next month.
The draft policy has sparked controversy in June 2019 put more emphasis on the three language formulas, suggestions for teaching Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states and the claims of the ‘over-centralization’ through bodies such as the Rashtriya Shiksha Aayog.
Some states and political parties – mainly from Tamil Nadu – have been opposing this move from quite some time.
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