Published by: Sukanya Nandy
Last updated: Oct 2, 2023 1:25 PM IST
The Staff Selection Commission plans to conduct competitive examinations in 22 Indian languages in the future. The aim is to provide a language-neutral, level playing field to all aspiring candidates, he said, while addressing the valedictory session of ‘Bharatiya Bhasha Utsav: Technology & Bharatiya Bhasha Summit’ here.
Singh said it was on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s instructions that from this year, SSC exams will be conducted in 13 languages - 11 regional languages and Hindi and English.
Before 2014, he said, candidates had no option but to choose Hindi or English as the medium of examination.
Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel, said that translation from English to Hindi was also very poorly done before 2014, leaving many students at a disadvantage.
He said that in the coming times, the SSC aims to conduct competitive examinations in all 22 Indian languages mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, according to a statement from the Ministry of Personnel.
Singh said JEE, NEET and UGC exams will also be conducted in 12 Indian languages and that “this historic decision will boost the participation of local youth, improve their selection prospects and encourage regional languages”.
He said that in the last nine years under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, remarkable progress has been made in promoting Indian regional languages.
The minister said Prime Minister Modi has made an appeal to provide medical and technical education in regional languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati and Bengali.
Singh said the Prime Minister has taken a historic decision in the new National Education Policy (NEP) by giving importance to mother tongue of students in primary, technical and medical education.
Terming the NEP as the biggest landmark reform in India since Independence, he said it will transform the country’s education system to meet global standards.
“Twenty-nine institutes across ten states in seven regional languages namely Bengali, Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu have been identified for imparting technical education in one or more disciplines,” Singh said.
He said around 40 million Indians are currently pursuing higher education, which is more than the US and EU combined, and the ambitious NEP aims to double that number.
“NEP-2020 complements the startup ecosystem with the promise of opening up new career and entrepreneurship opportunities for students and youth in India,” the minister said.
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