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UGC Chairman: International Publishers keen to collaborate in advancing Indian language textbooks

A textbook in Regional Languages:

To discuss publishing undergraduate textbooks in Indian languages, UGC Chairman M. Jagadesh Kumar met with a number of multinational publishers on Wednesday. 

In addition to Wiley India, officials from Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge University Press India, Cengage India, and McGraw-Hill India were present when Kumar met with them. According to Kumar, the delegates have indicated their desire to participate in this mission to advance regional languages in the nation. 

“All the international publishers have expressed their willingness to partner in this national mission. UGC has formed an Apex committee to prepare a road map and work towards bringing out textbooks in different Indian languages,” he tweeted. 

Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, introduced Hindi anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology textbooks for first-year MBBS students in Madhya Pradesh a few months before to this meeting.  He also added at the function that the Prime Minister is converting ‘brain drain’ into ‘brain gain’ by enabling and motivating Indian students to pursue medical and technical education in Indian or regional languages. 

As a result of this, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) also published a calendar for outcome-based engineering book discussions in October. The first set of discussions, which are part of this schedule, began on November 29 and will continue until January 31, 2023.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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