HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Vice President lauds 14 engineering colleges for offering courses in regional languages
  • M. Venkaiah Naidu urges technical and professional educational institutions to offer courses in regional languages
  • SPPEL under the Ministry of Education has documented and archived languages that have become endangered
  • 196 Indian languages in India are endangered

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has appreciated the move made by 14 engineering colleges across eight States to offer courses in regional languages. He mentioned that the courses in the regional languages will serve as a ‘boon to the students’. “I desire to witness the day when all vocational and professional courses are taught in mother languages,” he added.

In a Facebook post titled ‘Engineering courses in mother language—A step in the right direction’, posted in 11 Indian languages today, the Vice President expressed his happiness over the decision of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to permit Tech programs in 11 native languages. The 11 languages include Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, and Odia.

Welcoming the idea of imparting knowledge in regional languages he said, “I strongly believe that it is a step in the right direction.” He also mentioned the benefit of learning in the mother tongue, and the rich linguistic and cultural heritage of India. “Our mother language or our native language is very special to us, as we share an umbilical cord relationship with it,” he added.

Citing a UN report that one language in the world becomes extinct every two weeks, Naidu expressed his concern that 196 Indian languages in India are endangered. Pointing out to the New Education Policy, he states that it encourages imparting education, wherever possible in mother tongue at least till Class 5 and preferably till Class 8 and beyond.

Under the Ministry of Education, he appreciated the Scheme for Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages (SPPEL) for documenting and archiving languages that have become endangered. Lastly, he urged more educational institutions, particularly to teach in regional language.

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