It is hard for Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to award degrees to students in regional languages, but in overcoming the language barrier, they can assist students with non-English backgrounds. It is known that institutions have said this to a government panel.
Under the new national education policy, the Indian government is promoting courses in the mother tongue. In this policy, engineering institutions, in their mother tongue or regional language, have been allowed to teach.
To discover the feasibility of the policy, the government had formed two panels.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the apex unit of technological education in the nation, was the governor of the first panel. It has already provided the green signal to its affiliated institutes, that it can impart engineering education in regional languages.
Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare is leading the second panel, which is investigating its feasibility, at IITs and National Institutes of Technology (NITs). This panel has not yet submitted its report.
Sources aware of the case said that IITs have told the Khare-led panel that they can’t offer full degree courses in regional languages, due to lack of convergence among students. At least two members of the panel have confirmed this.
However, sources say that NITs have shown interest in awarding degrees in regional languages.