Mumbai: The central government is not against the English language, but wants to strengthen the Indian languages, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said on Monday.
However, he said that some of the top developed countries have used their mother tongue as a medium of education.
Attending the webinar of Atma Nirbhay Madhya Pradesh, the minister said, “Those who doubt the benefit of using mother tongue as a medium of education, I would say that some of the top developed countries carried with it great achievements. We are not against the English language. But we want to strengthen the Indian languages. “
The remarks are significant as former Union minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram and DMK MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi have alleged that government officials pushed them to speak in Hindi.
In the webinar, Nishank highlighted some features of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
“Under NEP 2020, we are integrating artificial intelligence in schooling from class VI. Children can learn in their mother tongue till class V. Now the assessment will be done on the progress card and not the report card,” he said.
“For the first time, it is happening that the student will be able to choose their subjects as per their choice. Along with science, one can also read literature and music. The goal of NEP is to bring 2.5 crore children into the mainstream. Practical knowledge will also be given from Class VI onwards. When the child gets out of school, he will have skills in his hands,” he added.
Nishank further said that NEP will ensure that education reaches all the students of the society and this is a major initiative to make India a superpower in the field of knowledge.