With the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) giving approval to six more institutes to teach in regional languages, a total of 20 engineering schools in 10 states will now offer selected undergraduate courses in six regional languages to Starting with the academic year starting this month, officials mentioned.
In line with the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 which calls for mother tongue education, AICTE, for the first time in July, authorized 14 colleges across the country to offer engineering courses. selected in regional languages.
Eight of these 14 colleges will offer BTech courses in Hindi. Others will offer the possibility of continuing technical studies in Marathi, Bengali, Tamil and Telugu.
AICTE President Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe said colleges in Karnataka and Haryana have obtained permission from the council to teach certain courses in Hindi and Kannada. “Four colleges from Karnataka and two from Haryana have approached AICTE to request permission from Kannada and Hindi, respectively, on the existing seats. Now 20 colleges across the country will offer engineering courses in six regional languages, ”he said.
Sahasrabudhe said colleges in Gujarat and Odisha have also contacted AICTE to request permission to teach in regional languages. “There are still doubts among students about engineering courses in regional languages. We expect the number to increase after these 20 colleges have successfully started teaching in regional languages, ”he added.
Meanwhile, the admissions process is underway at engineering schools across the country following the announcement of the JEE-Main results in September. The new academic session will begin in the majority of states from this month.
Some of the institutes that will offer regional language courses this year include Graphic Era (considered a university) in Dehradun, Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering in Pune, Technique Polytechnic Institute in Hooghly district in West Bengal and Pranveer Singh Institute of Technology in Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), among others.
To meet the requirement, AICTE has almost completed the translation work for first-year students, officials added. Besides books, the board has also translated several massive open online courses (MOOCs), free online courses and 2,531 online lectures available on the government’s SWAYAM portal.