UGC is set to appoint a committee to create the strategy for the translation of textbooks in partnership with the Bharatiya Bhasha Samiti, a panel of specialists working under the Union Ministry of Education
The University Grants Commission (UGC) plans to introduce undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in regional languages across the country. This is part of the Union government’s initiative to incorporate regional languages as a medium of education in both schools and colleges following the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
The UGC is set to appoint a committee to create a strategy for the translation of textbooks in partnership with the Bharatiya Bhasha Samiti, a panel of specialists working under the Union Ministry of Education to promote Indian languages, according to the reports.
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M. Jagadesh Kumar, chairperson of the University Grants Commission (UGC), discussed the use of regional languages in universities and colleges and revealed that the proposed committee would start by contacting the authors and publishers of widely used textbooks for the translation process.
He added textbooks are essential elements for the effective use of regional language education and universities would not be able to start offering courses in regional languages without appropriate study materials and textbooks across disciplines.
“The first order of business for the committee is to identify which books of global authors have been used in our colleges and universities for decades and reach out to the well-known publishers and authors to express our intent of translating them into several Indian languages,” Kumar said.
The response from the authors contacted has been positive, and the UGC-appointed committee will also be contacting Indian authors to explore the possibility of translating their books into regional languages.