University Grants Commission, UGC has formed a panel with several international publishers to work towards publishing and bringing out books in Indian Languages for UG courses.
In a meeting called by UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar, representatives from Wiley India, Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press India, Taylor and Francis, Cengage India and McGraw Hill India discussed the framework to publish these UG course textbooks.
After this meeting, UGC has created an apex panel which will constitute of experts who will prepare the roadmap and work towards bringing out books in different regional languauges.
“The discussions stressed the translation of textbooks for undergraduate programmes in higher education institutions across the country in Indian languages such as Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Odiya, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu,” stated UGC Chairman Kumar to news agency IANS.
For the translation work, the commission has stated that it would provide the publishers with the textbooks, translation tools. editing experts and more.
At first, the translation for would be done for UG courses such as BA, B.Sc and BCom programmes. After the work for UG courses is done, the work for PG courses would begin. These textbooks are expected to be ready within the next 6 to 12 months.
UGC aims to bring Indian Languages in the main curriculum for students as per the recommendations put forth by the National Education Policy, NEP 2020. UGC is also expected to announce the FYUP Programme draft framework for UG Courses today, December 12, for the session of 2023 to 2024, under which Indian Languages will be mandatory for students to study, alongside English language.