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University Grants Commission will translate higher education books into tribal languages

by Prosenjit bhattacharya

Date & Time: Jan 16, 2023 9:00 AM

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The central government is implementing radical reforms to integrate tribal languages into mainstream education. Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Education Minister, recently stated that text books for higher education will be available in tribal languages in addition to the other 12 Indian languages. The University Grants Commission (UGC) will have them translated into Indian languages, according to the minister. The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 encourages education in indigenous languages, which would benefit tribal communities.

"Education brings revolutionary changes and thus, our focus is to ensure education reaches tribals. They will benefit from formalising their language. "Every stakeholder has been involved in the creation of textbooks," Pradhan said.

Pradhan went on to say that the work to make National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) first-year books available in tribal languages in school education is moving quickly. According to the minister, two tribal universities have also been established.

According to the Union Education Minister, education in local languages and mother tongue is one of the key pillars of the National Education Policy, 2020, and PM Modi is finally recognising the country's tribal population.

The minister also stated that the budget for Eklavya schools in 2014-15 was Rs 3,832 crore, which has since been increased to Rs 8,500 crore in 2022-23.

"This reflects Prime Minister Modi's commitment to tribal upliftment, from respecting their identity to providing education, health, and self-employment," Pradhan said.

The minister highlighted the Modi government's efforts for tribal welfare, stating that a searchable digital tribal repository has been created. Van Dhan Vikas Kendra centres are being built to connect tribal people through self-help groups. The MSME Traditional Industries Revival Fund (SFURTI) programme has aided approximately 60,000 artisans.

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