IIT BHU-Varanasi has created a committee to recommend ways of tutoring engineering in Hindi. This decision was taken after the Union Minister on November 25 announced that all technical courses will be taught in regional languages.
To kick start this process, a number of IITs and NITs were selected and IIT-BHU was among them. The Union Minister made this decision to promote local and regional languages. Emphasis on vernacular languages is also a core focus of the new National Education Policy.
IIT-BHUs Dean of the academic affairs, Me. Shyam Bihari Dwivedi said in a statement that the director has formed a committee for proper implementation of the changes. After the report of the committee is delivered, the varsity will decide how to implement the new changes in the curriculum.
As of yet, no concrete decision has been taken by the authorities regarding how much of the courses will be in Hindi. Dwivedi said that instead of the whole course, certain topics will be taught in Hindi. This will only be done on a voluntary basis.
Dwivedi further stated that the institute will not force anyone to take these classes. As such, the institute expects a relatively lesser number of students in the Hindi Courses. Whether this means a separate section of seats will be reserved for the Hindi course, is not yet clear.
An IIT-BHU scholar said that this might help students who hail from Hindi background. It would also benefit those who are unable to converse in English at all. However, he also noticed that those who are already studying in English medium are highly unlikely to switch.
Another scholar was not very optimistic about this decision. He said that the number of students giving the JEE exam in Hindi is minuscule. Plus, IITs compete on a global scale, which would automatically put Hindi medium students on the backfoot when it comes to competition.
Dwivedi in another statement said that procuring engineering books in Hindi was an issue. While they do have teachers who can teach in Hindi, the lack of availability of educational material will make it difficult to implement this decision.