MP Congress president questions suspension of engineering course in Hindi

In the context of Union Home Minister Amit Shah releasing MBBS textbooks in Hindi here, Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath has asked why a similar initiative was shelved with a engineering course in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled state.

On Sunday, Shah released three-subject Hindi textbooks for first-year MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) students as part of an ambitious project by the Madhya Pradesh government to impart medical education in the language India, the first in the country.

In a statement issued on Sunday evening, Nath claimed that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is organizing these events to divert people’s attention from the state’s “deteriorating” health services.

The Bhopal-based Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi Vishwavidyalaya had started an engineering course in Hindi in 2016, and “tall” claims were made about it at the time, but the course was later closed, he said the Congress leader.

“Hindi is our mother tongue and I respect it. We are not against teaching in Hindi and there is no objection. The government is starting medical education in Hindi, but it should inform us about the shortage of doctors in the state and what steps it has taken to address this problem,” Nath said in the statement.

He said that Madhya Pradesh is facing a shortage of doctors.

“According to a report by the Medical Council of India, there is an acute shortage of doctors in the state. There is one doctor for every 3,500 people in the state, while according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), ideally the doctor-patient ratio should remain at 1:1,000,” the former chief minister added.

In his statement, the top Congress leader alleged that the health system in rural areas was being run by paramedics.

Taking a further dig at the state’s Bharatiya Janata Party rule, Nath asked why several announcements made at the 10th World Hindi Conference held in 2015 in Bhopal were yet to be fulfilled.

Meanwhile, sources in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University said that the engineering course which was started in Hindi in 2016 was stopped in the absence of approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

Also, very few students were admitted to the Hindi medium engineering course at that time, and even those were shifted to the standard course later, they claimed.

However, a senior lecturer at the state technical college said that AICTE has now made serious preparations to start engineering courses in 12-13 languages, including Hindi, from the 2022 academic sessions -23.

The professor said that work on this Marathi medium initiative was at an advanced stage.

Speaking at the event in Bhopal on Sunday, Home Minister Shah said the move to impart medical education in Hindi would improve the ability of students and give them an opportunity to break out of a linguistic inferiority complex .

Shah had published Hindi textbooks of three subjects – Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry and Medical Physiology – for the MBBS students of the event.

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