Should Emphasize on Indian Languages: Smriti Irani

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Kolkata: Emphasizing the need to promote regional and national languages Union HRD Minister Smirit Irani on Sunday said that the present education policy in the country should be revamped.

Addressing a seminar on National Education Police held at Ramakrishna Mission in Kolkata, Irani said, “The biased western agencies have failed to evaluate the multi-pronged academic works in different Indian languages.”

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Raising questions on the international raking system of educational institutes Irani said, “It is not incompetency that Indian institutes leg behind in the ranking, but it is the undue privilege given to English and a lack of knowledge of Indian diverse languages.”

The minister announced that a National Institute Ranking framework will be constituted in the country to evaluate educational institutions. She said that prominent Indian languages like Sanskrit will be promoted.

Nagesh Thakur, the head of Vidyarthi Vikas, a BJP education wing in Kolkata has demanded that Sanskrit should be introduced for higher studies like MA and Ph.D degrees.

He also demanded that a revival package should be provided to improve the infrastructure of State Universities.

Batting for the establishment of a National Education Commission, NAAC director D.P. Singh on Sunday urged Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani not to “demolish” the existing regulatory bodies in education while setting up the commission.

“I do think a permanent think tank in education is necessary to deal with different dimensions in education,” the National Assessment and Accreditation Council director said.

“But it shouldn’t be done by demolishing the existing regulatory bodies across states,” Singh said at a national seminar on New Education Policy here. Singh voiced his request in front of Irani, who was present at the valedictory session of the seminar.

The NAAC is a statutory body of the University Grants Commission. At the seminar, representatives of over 16 universities pitched for a National Education Commission.

Singh also stressed on reducing the time gap before bringing in a national education policy. “There shouldn’t be a gap of five years in consideration a new education policy.”

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