Government Directs Educational Institutions to Digitally Provide Study Material in Indian Languages
In a significant move, the Indian government has mandated schools and higher education institutions to offer study material for all courses in Indian languages through digital platforms within the next three years. This directive, issued on Friday, aims to empower students with the opportunity to study in their native languages, fostering an environment conducive to innovative thinking without language barriers.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) released a statement detailing the directive, emphasizing the involvement of key educational regulators such as the University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), and the heads of Institutes of National Importance (INIs) including IITs, Central Universities (CUs), and NITs. The UGC, AICTE, and the Department of School Education have also been urged to address the issue concerning state schools and universities.
The initiative aligns with the recommendations of the National Education Policy (NEP), emphasizing the promotion of multilingualism in education at all levels. The goal is to provide students with the opportunity to pursue their studies in their native languages, enhancing overall learning outcomes.
Studying in one’s own language is deemed essential for fostering innovative thinking without encountering language barriers, according to the MoE. The NEP 2020 underscores the multilingual nature of India as a significant asset, emphasizing its efficient utilization for socio-cultural, economic, and educational development.
The government has been actively working on this front for the past two years, utilizing the Anuvadini AI-based App for translating Engineering, Medical, Law, UG, PG, and Skill books. These translated materials are accessible through the ekumbh portal. In the school education ecosystem, study materials are available in over 30 Indian languages on DIKSHA. Furthermore, competitive exams such as JEE, NEET, and CUET are conducted in 13 Indian languages, contributing to the broader initiative of promoting education in regional languages. The government envisions that content creation in local languages will harness the country’s multilingual potential, playing a crucial role in the development of a ‘Viksit Bharat’ (Developed India) by 2047.