Mumbai, 15th November 2022: On Monday (November 14), twenty textbooks for engineering courses—both degree and diploma—in Marathi were released by the Maharashtra government’s Higher and Technical Education department in collaboration with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Directorate of Technical Education (DTE).
At Mumbai University’s Kalina campus, the textbooks were released by Union Minister of State for Education Dr. Subhas Sarkar.
All 20 textbooks—11 for diploma and 9 for degree courses are for the first year of engineering studies. The goal is to improve student understanding of fundamental concepts, especially for those from Marathi medium schools. As part of the new National Education Policy, the AICTE is working to offer engineering education in a variety of Indian languages.
These textbooks have been translated by a group of teachers and topic specialists from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University in Lonere, Maharashtra.
AICTE, which offers engineering textbooks in 11 additional Indian languages, will also make soft versions of these textbooks available on E-Kumbh.
DTE Director Abhay Wagh said, “163 of Maharashtra’s 365 polytechnic institutes have chosen to offer their engineering programmes in Marathi as a medium of instruction. The majority of these institutions are located in the state’s interior or in rural areas. Only one college in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering (PCCOE), offers engineering degree programmes in Marathi at the moment. We are urging more people to speak up.”
Minister of higher and technical education for the state Chandrakant Patil stated, “We are also working on offering incentives for encouragement.”