"AICTE Approves 20 Institutes to Offer B.Tech in Regional Language this year. This takes the total number of colleges to 39."
AICTE Approves 20 Institutes to Offer B.Tech: The approval has taken the total number of engineering colleges to 39. Thus, the largest number of institutes that offer engineering in a native language is now in:
- Madhya Pradesh (12),
- Then, Tamil Nadu (10),
- And Uttar Pradesh (4).
Hence, the number of institutes offering engineering programmes has increased twice after a slow start. Moreover, Gujarat has been added to the languages offered this year. The offering languages include Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and Bengali. Hindi happens to be the most popular. So, 21 institutes opt to teach engineering in the languages mentioned earlier.
Notably, the highest number of colleges offer Hindi, with around 21 institutes. Again, ten universities in Tamil Nadu have offered to teach in Tamil.
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Henceforth, the total number of B.Tech and Diploma courses available for students is 62. Like, Computer Engineering to Mechanical Engineering and Information Technology. This is a portion of the push teaching and learning technique in regional languages at every level.
Significantly, at a recent panel discussion of NEP 2020, AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe says there is no regulation regarding teaching and learning engineering in the mother tongue. Further, adds by saying that it is absolutely a myth that you can only learn engineering in the English language. Also, past initiates were unsuccessful due to a lack of study materials available in Indian languages. Hence, the council has translated books using Artificial Intelligence based translation tools.
The Union Education Ministry had announced that it would push for technical education in regional languages starting from 2021-22. And also suggested that IITs and NITs will be among the first to implement this.
The total budget for this initiative was INR 3.294 Cr., which included the cost of translation. A total of 240 books were available for 2021-22. Furthermore, the budget for 2022-23 has been increased to INR 18.6 Cr., with 1056 books in 12 languages.
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