AICTE Launches calendar for Engineering Book Discussion in different Indian Languages
New Delhi : Aligned with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020’s vision to make technical education accessible in Indian mother tongues, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on Tuesday launched a calendar for AICTE’s outcome-based engineering book discussion for undergraduate and diploma level books in different Indian Languages.
Part of the first series of discussions — that concludes on 31 January 2023 — will be First-year engineering books in Hindi, Odia and Marathi medium along with second-year engineering books in English medium from the five major disciplines: Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics & Communication, Civil and Computer Science. In the next phase of book discussion starting from February 2022 the AICTE engineering books in other languages Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Urdu & Assamese will be discussed.
The programme was started with a welcome address by Dr Amit Kumar Srivastava, Director, Faculty Development Cell, AICTE who coordinated the AICTE initiative for the development of engineering books in 12 Indian Languages.
Speaking on the occasion Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, Chairman, AICTE New Delhi, said, “NEP 2022 has guided us that learning has to happen in students’ own languages. If you see the list of top 10 countries which have obtained the largest number of Nobel Prizes, you will see that in each country, kids study from a young age to PhD in their own mother tongues."
Prof M P Poonia, Vice Chairman, AICTE New Delhi, said, “For years, we have been trying to deepen the understanding and conceptual clarity of the students in technical education. That will happen if we can give them the confidence of learning in their own language. Fear of facing the English language at the higher education level is creating barriers for many students from entering the professional realm. These books will boost access to education, quality of education and employability of our students.”
Among the first-year books covered in discussions are: Mathematics-I and II, Applied Physics-I, Applied Chemistry, Engineering Graphics, Fundamentals of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Environmental Science (all diploma level). Nine books at the undergraduate level namely, Chemistry-I, Programming for Problem Solving, Engineering Graphics & Design, Basic Electrical Engineering, Workshop / Manufacturing Practices, Physics (Introduction to Electromagnetic Theory), Physics (Introduction to Mechanics), Mathematics-I – Calculus and Linear Algebra (For Non Computer Science Engineering Branches) & Mathematics-I – Calculus and Linear Algebra (For Computer Science Engineering Branches) will also be part of the online panel discussion.
In addition to the above, five second-year books will also be part of discussion series are Python Programming, Information Technology Workshop in Matlab, Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Machines, Digital Electronics and Data Structures Theory & Practicals.
AICTE has initiated a technical book writing scheme in the year 2021-22 to provide study material in Indian languages — Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Kannada, Punjabi, Odia. Assamese, Urdu and Malayalam.
These books have the potential to be utilized in IITs / CFTIs / NITs/ IIITs/AICTE-approved institutes. This is in sync with NEP-2020 and the vision of the Ministry of Education, where the emphasis is to impart education in the Indian language for an improved understanding and improved teaching-learning outcomes. With the support of the Technical Education Department of respective states, AICTE is distributing one set of books in Indian languages for the libraries of each Degree and diploma level institution of the state. In 2022-23, AICTE has already initiated the process for the second year’s original book writing in English followed by its translation into 12 Indian languages.