The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to introduce Hindi for engineering students keeping in mind the problems faced by students from various parts of the country who studied in regional languages. The historic decision will be embraced by the universities on Hindi Day.
School Education Minister Deepak Joshi propelled the institutions saying students from rural India cannot express themselves in English properly.
This is one the reasons why they leave their studies in between and sometimes do not even opt for engineering entrance exams.
A number of engineering seats remain vacant every year. "The student will have the liberty to write technical terms in English. Parents spend lakhs on their wards, but they can't clear the course or drop out because they are not comfortable with English,'' the minister said.
"What difference does it make if a student writes 'mere pas pen hai' in place of 'I have a pen', they mean one and the same thing,'' argued Joshi.
"It's a Hindi state. Students may want to write in English, but they can't, and don't even attempt to write. They give up and get frustrated,'' the minister said and argued that students will simultaneously learn English.
Students will have to choose the medium of education - English or Hindi - at the very beginning of the session. Students are not allowed to change their selected language in between the session.
"Maybe, the minister is still going by the experience from his youth when there were very few English medium colleges in the state. The scenario has changed. Nearly 90 per cent of students who have enrolled with us are from English medium schools. The Hindi medium students may benefit in the short term but in the long run it's detrimental to them,'' commented Prof Adarsh Sachdeva, who teaches in a private engineering college.
Around 200 engineering colleges affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyala (RGPV) will be benefited from this change. The decision has been backed by RGPV vice-chancellor Piyush Trivedi and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students' wing of the RSS.
"We have always demanded that the student should be allowed to choose the language he is comfortable with,'' said ABVP leader C M Dhakad to the Indian Express.
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