With an aim to impart technical and medical education in Hindi, Madhya Pradesh's Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi Vishwavidyalaya has started courses in Hindi medium for electrical, mechanical, and civil streams.
"The process is on for admitting students in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering degree and diploma courses. After completion of the procedure, we will start the classes soon in total Hindi medium," university's Vice Chancellor Dr Mohan Lal Chhipa told PTI today.
"We are determined to start these courses in Hindi language from this session even if a single student takes admission in it," Chhipa said when asked about the intake in these courses.
"The issue is not intake. We have to break this mindset of English that dominated the country for over 250 years. It can't be ended in just 70 years of country's Independence," he said.
Except a few nations, many countries like Israel, Japan, China, Russia, Korea, Germany, Sweden and various others have been teaching these courses in their own language and are progressing, he pointed out.
"We have to break this mindset that progress is assured through English only," the VC said.
He said it is a matter of pride that the university, which was founded in the name of noted Hindi scholar and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, is working towards imparting education in technical subjects in Hindi medium.
The university at present is functioning from the Minto Hall (Old Vidhan Sabha building) and its own campus is being constructed in a 50-acre area.
The university will start engineering courses at present from Bhoj Open University's campus and will shift to the new campus once its construction is over, he said.
Chhipa said the university will focus on creating job-seekers, but will train them in a manner that they become job-creator for others.
The university has already drafted the syllabus in Hindi and appointed faculty for imparting engineering courses in Hindi. Besides degree courses, the university will also run diploma courses in these disciplines, he said.
To begin with, the varsity is offering 30 seats each in civil, mechanical, electrical streams and also in diploma courses.
It will take some more time to start the medical courses in Hindi and the university has already written to the Medical Council of India to permit it.
"The process is long and will not change overnight, especially the mindset," he added.