At a recent review meeting conducted by the Union Education Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, a significant decision was undertaken. At the meeting, it was decided that the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) will impart education in the mother tongue of the enrolled candidates.
The change will be inaugurated and implemented first by the few selected IITs and NITs in engineering courses at the undergraduate level. This change will be implemented from the next academic year.
IIT BHU to Become the First Institute to Implement Changes
One of the most reputed Indian Institutes of Technology, IIT BHU, will be pioneering the change. It will lay down the cornerstone of being the first educational institution to deliver lectures and carry out the curriculum in Hindi, the national language of India. Apart from IIT BHU, many other engineering institutes have been shortlisted. The students enrolled in the IITs and NITs from the next academic session will be able to access knowledge in their respective mother tongue.
Changes in Line With the NEP
Following the pedagogical changes mentioned in the National Education Policy, the decision was undertaken. The NEP clearly mentions that stress would be laid in imparting the primary education to students in their mother tongue. This is a major underlying factor in preventing rote learning and developing analytical skills in children.
Although a primordial and novel thought, the implementation at the primary level of education would require an exhaustive transformation of the current pedagogy, subverting it completely. But the same can be introduced at a higher level of education without much changes in the on-going system of education. Moreover, this step would mark as an inspiration to the rest of the institutes to implement such changes in future.