The AICTE has translated first-year course material into eight regional languages, including Tamil. AICTE-approved colleges can select a programme for which they have received NAAC accreditation, and offer in Tamil.
The initiative was seeded in a bid to provide quality technical education to students who did not receive sufficient English training at school-level. It is aimed to benefit rural and tribal students. It is stated as a part of the National Education Policy where the materials are translated by a committee.
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“A total of 14 colleges from across India, including two from Tamil Nadu, had requested materials in regional languages,” the chairman said. “It is not compulsory for any college. However, if any college wishes to do so, they can use these resources,” he said, adding that about three-quarters of engineering faculty in India use regional languages to teach. “Therefore, no additional facilities will be required on the part of the college,” he said.
“Even as the course will be available in Tamil, technical words used in course materials will continue to be in English so students won’t feel left out,” he said. Though English will be a compulsory course at the college level.