A parliamentary committee has recommended that Hindi be used as the primary language of instruction in technical and non-technical higher education institutions, such as IITs, in Hindi-speaking states, and the native language of each region of India. He said he recommended making the use of English optional.
Among the more than 100 recommendations made by the committee in its most recent report are the end of compulsory English language question paper in the recruitment examinations and adequate arrangement for Hindi translation in the orders of the high courts in Hindi-speaking states.
Earlier in this month, In its 11th report presented to President Droupadi Murmu, the 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 has drafted the recommendations as per the new National Education Policy (NEP) which suggested that the medium of instruction should either be official or regional languages. The committee has recommended that Hindi should be given a respectable place in ‘A’ category states and it should be used 100 percent.
Further the panel recommended, The medium of instruction in IITs, central universities and Kendriya Vidyalayas in Hindi-speaking states should be Hindi and in other parts of India their respective local language. All states and Union territories are divided in three groups on the basis of progressive usage of Hindi.
Category ‘A’ consists of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands whereas, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, and the Union territories of Chandigarh, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli are in category ‘B’; and the rest of India is categorised as ‘C’.
The panel also highlighted that officers and employees in the central government who deliberately don’t work in Hindi in Hindi-speaking states should be warned and if they don’t perform despite warning, it should be reflected in their Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR).
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