Parliament panel moots use of Hindi, local languages in higher educational institutes

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A parliamentary committee has recommended that medium of instruction in technical and non-technical higher education institutes such as IITs in Hindi-speaking states should be Hindi and in other parts of India their respective local language.
It also recommended that Hindi should be one of the official languages of the United Nations. In its 11th report presented to President Droupadi Murmu last month, committee of Parliament on Official Language, headed by Union home minister Amit Shah, recommended that local languages should be given preference over English in all states.

The committee suggested that in all technical and non-technical institutions in the country, Hindi or local language should be used as the medium of instruction and the use of English should be made optional, sources said.
BJD leader Bhartruhari Mahtab, who is the deputy chairman of the committee, said that the committee has framed the recommendations as per the new National Education Policy which suggested that the medium of instruction should either be official or regional languages.

“English is a foreign language and we should do away with this colonial practice,” he said. Similar sentiment was also expressed by BJP member Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who is convenor of the second sub-committee.
In its report, the committee recommended that Hindi should be made as one of the official languages in the UN. “A total of 193 countries are members of UN but how many countries use foreign languages as official language,” Mahtab asked.