“Learning in regional and local languages makes education accessible to all,” President Murmu said. The president launched several projects of the union education ministry during her two-day tour of Odisha. Emphasizing on learning with regional languages, he said that education is a tool of empowerment and there is no doubt that the use of mother tongue helps in the intellectual development of students.
The president said that “learning in the mother tongue develops creative thinking and analytical skills among students, besides providing equal opportunities to urban and rural students.”
“We must ensure that each and every child in our country has access to education at all levels. We must do everything possible so that education is available to everyone without any discrimination. Language should be an enabling factor and not a hindrance to the education of students,” he said.
Murmu said it has been observed that many students have difficulty understanding technical education in English. This is the reason why the government has taken steps to provide technical education in regional languages under the National Education Policy 2020.
Earlier technical education in regional languages used to face hurdles due to non-availability of textbooks in vernacular languages and the introduction of learning in regional and local languages will go a long way in building a well-educated, conscious and vibrant, said Murmu. .
He thanked the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for its efforts to remove the hurdle faced by students due to lack of technical books in vernacular languages.
Launching the educational projects, he said, “These are laudable steps in the direction of making education accessible to all.”
Projects launched by her included All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) engineering books in Odia language, a glossary of technical terms in Odia developed by the Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology (CSTT) and e-KUMBH (Knowledge Unleashed in Multiple). Bharatiya Languages Portal).
Odia is an ancient language with a distinct literary tradition and a rich vocabulary. Hence, there will be no difficulty in getting technical education in the language, said Murmu, who hails from Odisha. All Indian languages have more or less the same potential and have been given equal importance under the National Education Policy 2020. It has ushered in a new era in the field of Indian languages, he said.
Earlier in the day, the President visited her alma mater Government Girls High School Unit-2, Kuntala Kumari Sabat Adivasi Girls Hostel Unit-2 where she had stayed during her school days and Tapoban High School in the city . He interacted with students, teachers, alumni and interns of the hostel.
The engineering books published in Odia language were for the first year: nine for undergraduates and 11 for undergraduates. The books have been translated by the technical education department in collaboration with the Institute of Hate Studies and Research (IOSR).
AICTE had on 18 October 2022 signed an MoU with IOSR to introduce engineering education in Odia. A total of 64 experts were chosen by the project monitoring unit, comprising senior lecturers from Odisha’s popular universities, IITs, IIITs and NIT-R, to translate the books into Odia in February, an official said.