From the next academic year, technical courses, including engineering programmes, will be offered in regional languages, according to Education Ministry officials. The decision was taken at a high-level review meeting chaired by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyalv on Thursday.
“A seminal decision was made to start technical education, especially engineering courses, imparting education in mother tongue (and this) will be opened from next academic year. A few IIT and NIT are being shortlisted for the same,” a senior ministry official said. In the meeting, it was also decided that the National Testing Agency (NTA) will come out with the syllabus for competitive examinations after assessing the existing scenario of school education boards. The NTA had final month introduced its choice to conduct the JEE (Main) in 9 regional languages, other than Hindi and English from 2021. However, the IITs are but to take up the matter to date on whether or not the JEE (Advanced) can even be supplied in regional language.
The NTA, which conducts the JEE(Main) and NEET-UG among others, will come out with the syllabus for competitive examinations, it was decided in the meeting. The need to assess the school education scenario before coming out with syllabus arises because many boards, including national boards, have rationalised their exam syllabus due to the COVID-19 situation and subsequent academic loss due to schools being closed since March 2020.