The Education Minister has announced that the IITs and NITs will be teaching engineering courses in regional language from the next academic session, Virendra K Tewari, Director of IIT Kharagpur, said that it is time that higher education institutions can adapt themselves to the facilities and processes to this new approach.
Considering the candidates taking admission in IITs and NITs, coming from diverse backgrounds and being indifferent mother tongues, Tewari suggested that the institutes should have a regional language center on their campuses which allows bilingual teaching and Facilitates multilingual educational resources. He suggested that regional language centers set up in technical institutes could bring students together and help in learning language assistants.
He also suggested that institutions could use technical support for this purpose, one of the suggestions being “AI-based hearing aids that can effectively translate engineering and scientific learning communication into a regional mode in real-time”.
He wrote in a tweet from his account that for a person who takes pride in personal attention, the language barrier to the learning process needs to be resolved through policy development for regional language education.
Tewari further added that when the seminar has been decided to introduce technical education in the mother tongue, it is time for us to equip ourselves with facilities and processes to adapt to this new approach in our section of the higher education system.
Although the ministry is yet to announce the list of shortlisted IITs and NITs to deliver courses in the regional language from 2021, Tiwari has already suggested ways to implement a “new approach” in teaching. he said in an official statement that doesn’t let language be a barrier to learning.