Haryana, Pune colleges to offer BTech courses in regional languages: Report

While three Haryana engineering colleges will offer BTech in Hindi, Pimpri Chinchwad College Of Engineering, Pune will offer BTech in Marathi.

Haryana, Pune colleges to offer BTech courses in regional languages: Report AICTE approves BTech in regional languages in Haryana, Pune colleges
Vagisha Kaushik | Oct 23, 2021 - 12:30 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has permitted three colleges in Haryana to offer BTech programmes in Hindi language and soon the state will offer engineering courses in other regional languages too from the next academic session, as per a Times of India report.

Pimpri Chinchwad College Of Engineering, Pune got AICTE’s nod to start BTech programmes in Marathi in July this year, according to the report.

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The decision has been taken by AICTE in line with the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the report said.

AICTE has given nod to 210 seats in the engineering colleges of Haryana to teach BTech in Hindi, as per the report. Though, the colleges will need more time to implement the decision smoothly, the report added.

Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman, AICTE told Education Times: “We approved BTech courses in five different languages namely, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali and Hindi from July 15, 2021. Many universities showed interest to start BTech courses in regional languages. However, the colleges and universities will have to transparently inform the stakeholders.”

“Recently, Pimpri Chinchwad College Of Engineering, Pune sought permission to start engineering courses in Marathi,” AICTE chairman said, as per the report.

Sahasrabudhe also said that the practice of allowing colleges to start BTech courses in regional languages is a part of implementation of NEP 2020. This will help students understand the subject in depth as learning in one’s mother tongue is easier and simpler. He gave the example that if a student is proficient in Kannada language, he or she should not be forced to learn in English language.

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The whole initiative has been taken to ensure students who received their schooling in regional languages are not left out who otherwise lose their confidence and face cultural shock, he added.

Sahasrabudhe further said that a support system has been provided in the form of translated content of SWAYAM MOOC courses and quality books in regional languages.

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