Government Directs Educational Institutions to Provide Study Material in Indian Languages


The Government has recently announced and directed all school and higher education institutions to provide study material for all courses in Indian Language in digital format within the next three years. The government has also instructed all regulatory authorities UGC, AICTE, NCERT, NIOS and heads of Institutes of National Importance (INIs) like IITs, NITs, and CUs to do the same.

The Minister of Education said, “UGC, AICTE and the Department of School Education have also been asked to take up the issue with regard to state schools and universities.” He further added, “The above directions have emerged from the recommendations of the National Education Policy (NEP) for promoting multilingualism in education at every level, so that students get the opportunity to study in their own language, and can have better learning outcomes. Studying in one’s own language can provide a student the natural space to think innovatively without any language barrier.”

The MoE claims that NEP 2020 makes a strong case for the idea that Bharat’s multilingualism is a tremendous asset and strength that should be effectively harnessed for the country’s sociocultural, economic, and educational development. “The production of content in regional tongues will strengthen this bilingual asset and enable its enhanced contribution to “Viksit Bharat,” our nation’s goal of becoming a developed one by 2047.

The ministry stated, “The government has already been working in this direction for the past two years, with the Anuvadini AI-based App being used for the translation of Engineering, Medical, Law, UG, PG, and Skill books.”

The ekumbh portal has these books available for purchase. Study materials are accessible in several Indian languages within the school education ecosystem, including more than thirty languages on DIKSHA. It stated that competitive tests such as JEE, NEET, and CUET are offered in thirteen Indian languages.

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