Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is yet to give serious thought to the suggestion of the New Education Policy, 2020, to teach engineering courses in the mother tongue.
Currently, B Tech courses are taught in six regional languages in eight different states. However, the Kerala Technical University and the Department of Higher Education have not decided on it yet. Neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have already implemented the suggestion.
As part of the National Education Policy, the Union Government announced in 2020 that engineering courses can be conducted in 11 languages listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. Further, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has recommended that at least one batch of engineering colleges can be set up in these languages. Kerala also held consultations in the first phase, but the discussions failed to find a solution.
A total of 19 engineering colleges in eight states have already started teaching in regional languages. The teachers in Kerala are of the view that translation of reference books is difficult due to the unavailability of correct terminologies. Besides, the technical courses have many subjects in each branch. There is also a concern that students will not be available to study in the Malayalam batch due to a lack of exposure to the market.