Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Says ‘English is not an Indian language’

The Education Minister of the country, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank says that English is not an Indian Language on Friday. He said that as per the suggestion in the National Education Policy [NEP] 2020, rendering education in the mother tongue would reinforce all the Indian languages. ASSOCHAM conducted a webinar on ‘NEP 2020 – The Brighter Future of Education’ on Friday. The minister spoke at the webinar regarding the education in the mother tongue as per the NEP 2020.

Ramesh Pokhriyal Says ‘English is not an Indian language’

The Government of India has introduced a new NEP 2020 after a long time i.e., 34 years. At the end of July 2020, the cabinet has come up with this National Education Policy. The fundamental aim of NEP is to bring a huge number of alterations that in turn aids in fully transforming the education system in India. One of the significant changes suggested in NEP 2020 is to bring mother tongue as a medium of instruction up to 5th class, free education to all the students till 18 years, rolling out multidisciplinary education, and more.

Some other changes include eliminating the division between vocational and non-vocational subjects, altering the pattern of board exams, bringing a choice between 3 or 4-year UG courses, removing the 10+2 structure, and replacing it with 5+3+3+4 structure in school education. The education minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal pointed out that English wasn’t an Indian language and regretted that few people considered that learning English was mandatory to succeed in the global sector.

He said, ‘I must say we are not against English but mother tongue as a medium of education would help strengthen Indian languages.’ He further added, ‘The government does not intend to impose any language on any state. We are in the favour of strengthening 22 Indian languages and we want to promote all of these languages.’ 

During the webinar, the minister said that people must be aware that English isn’t an Indian language. He said, ‘I would like to tell those people who argue that if we do not learn English we cannot progress on a global level, we need to look at countries like Japan, Russia, Israel, France, USA that all provide education in their language.’ The minister gave some clarification about NEP 2020. He said that the key target of NEP 2020 is to enhance good human beings instead of machines. He said, ‘It is a nation-centric policy, full of human values and with regards to innovation, knowledge, research, science, and technology, it will be on the top on the international level.’

The Indian Government had already acquired more than 15 lakh suggestions across the country on the way to implement the NEP 2020, said the minister. The minister said that the officials of 10 countries had contacted the education ministry informing that they are willing to implement the NEP 2020 of India in their respective nations. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest education updates such as the exams, NEP 2020-related news, and more.

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