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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said that the New Education Policy (NEP) follows the 'Nai Talim' (new education) of Mahatma Gandhi

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said that the New Education Policy (NEP) follows the 'Nai Talim' (new education) of Mahatma Gandhi by giving importance to the mother tongue as the medium of instruction at school level.

Addressing the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha, the Vice President recalled that the 'Nai Talim' proposed by Mahatma Gandhi in Wardha in 1937 laid emphasis on making mother tongue as the medium of instruction in addition to free compulsory education and skill training to the students.

"Our Constituent Assembly, after a long debate, accepted Hindi as the official language and also accorded constitutional status to other Indian languages in the eighth schedule. Noting that every Indian language has a glorious history and rich literature. We are fortunate to have linguistic diversity in our country. Our linguistic diversity is our strength as our languages symbolise our cultural unity," Naidu said.

Referring to Mahatma Gandhi's views on language, he said that for Mahatma Gandhi, the question of language was a question of national unity. "Even after insisting on Hindi, Mahatma Gandhi understood the sensitivity of every citizen to his mother tongue. Gandhiji associated mother tongue with Swaraj and called for according due importance to it," he said.

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