Maharashtra launches 20 first year engineering textbooks in Marathi

THE state government’s Department of Higher and Technical Education, along with the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), on Monday launched 20 textbooks for courses engineering, both degree and diploma, in Marathi. Union Minister of State for Education Dr Subhas Sarkar released the textbooks at the event at the University of Mumbai’s Kalina campus.

The 20 textbooks are for the first year of engineering courses: 11 diploma and 9 undergraduate. The idea is to help students, especially those in Marathi medium schools, to better understand the fundamental concepts. This is part of AICTE’s effort to provide engineering education in various Indian languages, in line with the new National Education Policy. A team of experts in the field and professors from the Technological University Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Lonere, in Maharashtra, has worked on the translation of these textbooks. AICTE, which has engineering textbooks in 11 other languages ​​of India, copies of these textbooks will also be made available to the E-Kumbh.

On the current status of engineering education in Marathi in Maharashtra, DTE director Abhay Wagh said, “Out of 365 polytechnics, 163 have chosen the Marathi medium option and most of them are from interior or rural areas of Maharashtra.In the case of engineering degree courses, only one – Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering (PCCOE) in Pune is currently offering degree courses in Marathi.We are further encouraging to submit- yes”.

“We are also working to provide incentives to stimulate,” said state minister for higher and technical education Chandrakant Patil.

Recently, the state medical education department had also announced that MBBS textbooks will be available in Marathi. AICTE president M Jagadesh Kumar said, “Students should be trained to become solution providers.”

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