UGC forms panel to work on textbooks in Indian languages

Source: The post is based on the article “UGC forms panel to work on textbooks in Indian languages” published in The Hindu on 8th December 2022

What is the News?

The University Grants Commission has held a meeting with international publishers to discuss bringing out textbooks for undergraduate courses in Indian languages.

About the panel for Undergraduate courses books in Indian Languages

UGC has formed a panel to prepare the roadmap to introduce undergraduate courses in regional languages in disciplines including commerce, humanities and science across the country.

The panel will prepare a list of books used in universities and colleges and review both lists to finalize the ones that can be translated. 

The books will be translated into languages such as Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Odia, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu. 

This move is part of the Centre’s plans to introduce regional languages as a medium of education in schools and colleges in line with the National Education Policy 2020.

What are the steps taken to promote courses in regional languages?

All India Council of Technical Education(AICTE) has prepared 270 first-year engineering textbooks in 12 regional languages.

The Union Home Minister has recently launched the first set of the first-year M.B.B.S. books in Hindi in Madhya Pradesh.

Bar Council of India has formed a panel headed by former Chief Justice of India S. A. Bobde for translating legal books into regional languages.

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