Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Telangana state minister K. T. Rama Rao have expressed their views against the recommendation of a Parliamentary panel; to make Hindi the medium of instruction in technical and non-technical higher educational institutions. Kerala CM on Tuesday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention into the matter. A Parliamentary committee has recently recommended that the medium of instruction in technical and non-technical higher education institutes; such as IITs in Hindi-speaking states should be Hindi and in other parts of India their respective local language. It said the use of English should be made optional.
Hindi cannot be imposed as the main language of instruction in the higher centres of learning.
Vijayan, in a letter written to the PM, said Hindi cannot be imposed as the main language of instruction in the higher centres of learning;as the country has many languages and a single language cannot be termed as the country’s language. Noting that the youth of the country have limited job opportunities in the government sector;the CM said any attempt to put a substantial section of them at a relative disadvantage will not be in the best interest of the society. The job seekers and students of our country have their serious apprehensions in this regard. He take this opportunity to suggest that question papers for competitive exams for posts in Government of India may be given in all languages specified in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution,” Vijayan said in his letter.