GTU to offer engg courses in Gujarati from current year – Ahmedabad Mirror

Gujarat Technological University (GTU) is set to introduce degree engineering courses (Bachelor of Engineering) in Gujarati language from the academic year starting in 2022. The move to offer Gujarati medium to aspiring engineers comes a couple of years after the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) opened up avenues to introduce mother tongue, or regional languages as a medium of instruction, in professional courses.
GTU officials said Gujarati as a medium of instruction will be introduced from 2022-23 academic year in Civil and Mechanical disciplines. Vice Chancellor Navin Sheth said 30 seats each will be available at its constituent college in Mehsana – GPERI.
“Medium of instruction, study material and exam will be in Gujarati. In India, there are eight states that have started this initiative. In Gujarat, no colleges came forward to start the much-needed initiative and so GTU came forward to introduce it,” he said.
The initiative to translate the curriculum books started years ago when AICTE launched the practice. According to Sheth, they have the availability of trained teachers and translated textbooks.
Employability no concern
One of the biggest concerns before taking the decision was acceptability of employers to hire engineers who have studied engineering in their mother tongue. Before the decision to apply to AICTE to start the course, GTU called a meeting with the builders’ association as well as the contractors’ association to know their views and gauge their readiness to hire students who study engineering in Gujarati.
“In fact, they said that Civil engineers have to work in the field with labourers and contractors and so it would be better if they knew engineering jargons in Gujarati. This made us confident that starting courses in Gujarati will not have any adverse repercussions for students when it comes to their employability,” he said.
Girish Singhai, a member of GTU’s Board of Studies and Secretary General of Indian Building Congress, said students with knowledge of Gujarati may be able to do a better job. “Civil engineers have to act like interpreters between the workers, contractors and developers. Knowledge of English hardly adds anything to the portfolio for them. If they know the subject well and are good at communication, employability will not be affected,” he said.
While GTU is taking the initiative to start engineering courses in Gujarati, all eyes are now on the Gujarat government’s education department to take forward the initiative by introducing Gujarati language engineering courses in government colleges.
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