Why was Hindi engineering course halted in Madhya Pradesh, asks Congress’s Kamal Nath

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Mr Nath claimed that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was organizing such events to divert people’s attention from the “deterioration” of health services in the state.

Mr Nath claimed that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was organizing such events to divert people’s attention from the “deterioration” of health services in the state.

As Union Home Minister Amit Shah publishes MBBS textbooks here in Hindi, Madhya Pradesh Congress Speaker Kamal Nath questioned why a similar initiative with an engineering course was scrapped in the state ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

On Sunday, Mr Shah released three-subject Hindi textbooks for first-year MBBS students (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) as part of an ambitious Madhya Pradesh government project to provide medical education in the Indian language, a first in the country.

In a statement on Sunday evening, Mr Nath claimed that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was organizing such events to divert people’s attention from the “deterioration” of health services in the state.

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Bhopal-based Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi Vishwavidyalaya had started an engineering course in Hindi in 2016, and “big” claims were made about it at that time, but the course was later closed, a said the leader of Congress.

“Hindi is our mother tongue and I respect the language. We are not against education in Hindi and there is no objection to it. The government is starting medical education in Hindi, but they should talk to us of the shortage of doctors in the state and what steps it has taken to address this issue,” Mr. Nath said in the statement.

He said Madhya Pradesh is facing a shortage of doctors.

“According to a report by the Medical Council of India, there is an acute shortage of doctors in the state. There is one doctor for every 3,500 people in the state, whereas according to a report by the World Health Organization health (WHO), ideally the doctor-to-patient ratio should remain at 1:1,000,” the former chief minister added.

In his statement, the top Congress leader claimed that the health system in rural areas was run by paramedics.

Addressing more to the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state, Mr. Nath asked why several announcements made at the Tenth World Hindi Conference held in 2015 in Bhopal had yet to be realized.

Meanwhile, sources from Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University said that the engineering course which started in Hindi in 2016 was stopped in the absence of the approval of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) .

Moreover, very few students were admitted to the Hindi Medium Engineering Course at the time, and even these switched to the Standard Course later, they claimed.

However, a senior professor at the state technical university said AICTE has now made serious preparations to launch engineering courses in 12-13 languages ​​including Hindi from the 2022- 23.

The professor said work on this Marathi medium initiative is at an advanced stage.

At Sunday’s event in Bhopal, Home Minister Shah said the move to provide medical education in Hindi would improve students’ ability and give them the chance to break out of linguistic inferiority complex.

Mr Shah released Hindi textbooks of three subjects – anatomy, medical biochemistry and medical physiology – for MBBS students at the event.

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