Promotion of Indian Languages

CIIL Organized Webinar on “Promotion of Indian Languages”

Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) organized a webinar on “Promotion of Indian Languages” under Shiksha Parv. The webinar was being organized on 16th September 2020.

Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) organized a webinar on “Promotion of Indian Languages” under Shiksha Parv. The webinar was being organized on 16th September 2020. After the release of National Education Policy 2020, a series of webinars have been organized by the Ministry of Education so far. The aim of these webinars organized under Shiksha Parv is to create awareness among the stakeholders regarding the salient features of the New Education Policy (NEP 2020).

Language is an important part of the Education policy. The Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) works for the promotion of all Indian languages. Therefore, as a part of the Education Ministry’s program to create awareness regarding the National Education Policy, the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) organized the webinar. This webinar was focused on the promotion of Indian languages. The main aim of this webinar was to highlight the language components of NEP 2020.

Topics Discussed At The Webinar on “Promotion of Indian Languages”

At the webinar, four eminent scholars delivered their perception regarding NEP 2020 headed by Prof. D. G. Rao, Director, CIIL. The expert speakers at the event included Prof. Udaya Narayan Singh and Prof Awadesh Kumar Mishra (both former Directors of CIIL), Padma Shree Prof. Anvita Abbi, and eminent Dravidian linguist Prof. G. Umamheshwara Rao. Dr. Narayan Kumar Choudhary the coordinator of this webinar.

The subject matter discussed by them at webinar is as follows:

1. The Scope for the Promotion of Indian Languages in NEP 2020

2. Conservation of Language Ecology and Indigenous Cultures

3. Sustaining Mother Tongues and Medium of Instruction

4. Development of Technology for Indian Languages

Earlier while addressing the conclave on ‘Education in 21st Century’ under the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred “After the NEP came, there has been much discussion on what will be the language of instruction… language is the medium of education, not entire education itself. People caught in too much of bookish knowledge often fail to grasp this distinction. Whatever language the child can learn easily should be the medium of instruction”.

PM further added, “I see many people are under the wrong impression on this count. There is no bar on teaching-learning any language, be it English or any global language that helps at the world stage”.

This statement came after many academicians argued that the usage of mother tongue or local language as a medium of instruction is undesirable for higher education.

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