English only a medium of communication, not a benchmark of intellect: PM Modi

Three days after the Union minister launched Hindi textbooks for MBBS students, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that earlier English was considered the benchmark of being intellectual despite being a media. While advocating the use of local languages, he said, “Earlier, knowledge of the English language was considered a mark of being intellectual. In reality, the English language is just a medium of communication.”

The Prime Minister was speaking after launching the Mission Schools of Excellence initiative of the Gujarat government at Adalaj town in Gandhinagar district. He asked to ensure that those uncomfortable with English are not left behind.

He also said that the recently launched 5G telecommunication service will take the education system to the next level in the country.

“5G service will go beyond smart facilities, smart classrooms and smart teaching. It will take our education system to the next level,” the Prime Minister said.

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