English Should Not Be Used as a Medium of Instruction in Higher Education

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University of Calcutta, Calcutta (Seminar, held on 19th and 20th September, 1990) The medium of instruction at all stages should be the mother tongue of the learner and in special cases regional language. English should be used as a library language. Students should learn only mother tongue at the primary stage. At the secondary stage a foreign language, preferably English should be taught as the second language and another Indian language- classical or modern-may be offered as an optional subject. It should be clearly maintained in the language policy that English shall not remain as a medium of instruction and as a medium of public examinations. Shri R.N. Madhale, Principal, New English School & Junior College, Mahimangad, Tal. Man Distt. Satara, Maharashtra (9.11.1990) Primary and secondary education should be in the medium of mother tongue. The medium of instruction for higher education should be Hindi or English, or regional language. Learning of Hindi should be encouraged and regional languages should be taught only upto the middle level. 43

English should not be considered as a bad legacy of the colonial days. 'Nav Bharat Times', New Delhi, dated 12th September, 1990 (Editorial) The paper is silent about the place of English in the school system and also about the medium of Instruction for university and higher education. Hindi and regional languages should be the media of instruction at all levels of education. The Paper has not defined the medium of instruction for higher education. Sanskrit should be a compulsory subject. It should be included in the three-language formula. The Financial Express, New Delhi the 24th September, 1990 (Editorial) There just cannot be an education system common for rural and urban people, as each region has its own special features. Scheduled castes and tribes have to be dealt with in a different manner. 44 'The Statesman', New Delhi dated 5th October, 1990 (Editorial) Private schools have come to stay not only for their quality of instruction but also for the fact that they use a medium of instruction that seem to hold the promise of equipping the children better for higher education and for life itself. Often these are also the only schools available to linguistic minorities in some States and thus in many ways they seem to meet the felt need of the community. The committee should examine whether it would be advisable to ignore this reality. Shri Vishnu Nagar, Article in the 'Nav Bharat Times', New Delhi dated 10th September, 1990 The Paper has not come out clearly about the medium of instruction. Encouragement should be given to the teaching of Sanskrit language. Under the three language formula, students should be free to opt for any of the languages mentioned in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India, as second or third language. Facilities should be given for those students who want to learn a foreign language (including English) as third language. Gandhian Institute of Studies, Rajghat, Varanasi (proceedings of One day seminar, held on 11th October; 1990) The medium of Instruction in primary to higher education should be Indian languages. The national language should the medium of instruction for technical education. 45 The dual system of education and English medium schools have divided not only the society but also families. English medium schools should be discontinued. Education should be imparted through regional languages. The second language (an Indian language) should be taught from class VI to X. English or any other foreign language should be taught at higher levels to research students. Dr. Gauri Shankar, Gandhian Institute of Studies, Rajghat, Varanasi, (23 November., 1990). Education should be in the medium of mother tongue/regional language. Learning of other Indian language should...
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