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Early schooling to now be given in 52 languages


NEW DELHI: In a landmark initiative to promote learning in Indian languages, the Centre on Saturday launched schooling, especially for early childhood, in 52 non-scheduled

Indian languages

which include 17 tribal languages. In this major

push for education

in mother tongue,

school students

from different parts of the country will now be getting access to education in their native language.

Govt will also provide Rs 9,000 crore of financial assistance to create DIETs (District Institutes of Education and Training) of Excellence across 613 districts in the next five years.
In pursuance of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched a number of initiatives as a step towards achieving the goal of a Viksit Bharat by 2047 on Saturday. Apart from starting education in non-scheduled Indian languages, the minister launched the upgradation of all 613 DIETs to “DIETS of Excellence”, National Professional Standard for Teachers, National Mission for Mentoring, and integration of National Vidya Samiksha Kendra state and 200 TV DTH channels which have started implementing the NEP.
There has been a major push for delivering education in Indian languages and for that NCERT has already started creating study materials in native languages.

Stating that education in Indian languages will usher in a “cultural renaissance,” Pradhan said: “Today’s game-changing initiatives, particularly the 52 primers in Indian languages have paved the way for the beginning of a new civilisational renaissance. These initiatives will create a seamless and futuristic learning landscape, promote learning in Indian languages, realise the vision of NE and holistically transform school education.”
According to ministry of education officials, for DIETs of Excellence financial assistance worth Rs 9,000 crore will be provided to states/ UTs in the country in a phased manner in the next five years, of which upto Rs 15 crore per DIET will be provided under the centrally sponsored Samagra Shiksha for improving infrastructural facilities.

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