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Mumbai: In good news for mother tongue lovers, Mumbai university is mulling over a proposal to promote Marathi language in its colleges to bring quality higher education. This comes days after Maharashtra’s Education Minister Vinod Tawde’s proposal to promote Marathi in schools was withdrawn in view of opposition from various quarters.

Mumbai university’s plan for the year “2016-17 and beyond” emphasises on the promotion of Marathi language in higher education as “medium of instruction in mother tongue or local language brings quality higher education,” according to reports.


“One of the established consensual learning of experts working in the arena of higher education is that one of the powerful issues when it comes to quality in higher education happens to be the medium of instruction whether it is in the local language or mother tongue. Whilst this is recognised, no real efforts appear to be taken anywhere to make quality material available in local languages. Our University intends to take concrete steps in this direction,” the perspective plan uploaded on the varsity website last week read.

“Whilst this is recognised, no real efforts appear to be taken anywhere to make quality material available in local languages. Our University intends to take concrete steps in this direction.”

The university’s perspective plan envisages “generating” and translating” top quality teaching material” of various subjects, mostly available in English, in Marathi.

Further, more students will be encouraged to learn Marathi in a bid to “transform Marathi as a full-fledged language of modern knowledge by creating a corpus for it.”

A plan to develop Marathi language software to connect with other institutes in the state alongside with the Centre’s National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology is also being considered.

“We will make every effort to invest (and seek state’s help in terms of resources) and develop local language software so as to make the connectivity efforts operationally functional.”


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