More colleges could teach engineering in regional languages

PUNE: Anil Sahasrabudhe (chair, All India Council for Technical Education, AICTE), said Monday that it was expecting to receive more than twice the number of proposals from engineering colleges wishing to start courses in regional language.

“Last year (2021-22), 20 engineering colleges in India, including two in Pune had begun engineering courses in regional languages. For AY 2022-22, we expect more than twice as many proposals to be submitted. “The process for submitting proposals starts from Tuesday,” he stated during a press conference at the Education Promotion Society of India’s (EPSI) event in Pune.

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Students responded well to the first Marathi-language engineering course. All 68 seats were taken at Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering. After the New Education Policy (NEP) was launched, institutions across the country applied for the launch of the course in vernacular language. AICTE hopes to reach all aspirants, especially those from rural and tribal areas who have difficulty learning English. The university plans to offer Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Technology (BTech), courses in Hindi and Telugu as well as Bengali and Malayalam, Kannada and Kannada.

Sahasrabudhe said, “Looking back at the responses from the first year, we hope to get many more submissions for this academic year.” This initiative was well received by the 20 colleges that were approved last year.

AICTE will distribute all Marathi reading material to colleges. The material has been translated using special software which can quickly translate the entire engineering syllabus in 22 regional languages.

Sahasrabudhe stated that NEP was important for holistic student development and their education in different disciplines. Both aspects are its main features.

Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Maharashtra Governor, inaugurated the EPSI national conference on the topic ‘National Education Policy 2020: Role for the Private Sector in an Effective Execution’.

He stated, “The NEP has given due significance to the opening of the education sector for foreign universities, emphasising interdisciplinary learning and student-centric Education.”

 

 

 

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