Bhubaneswar: The introduction of learning in regional and local languages would go a long way towards building a well-educated, aware and vibrant society, President Droupadi Murmu on Friday said.
Language should be an enabling factor not a hindrance for educating the students, Murmu said while launching various projects of the Union Education Ministry here on her second day visit to the state.
The President further said learning in mother tongue would develop creative thinking and analytical skills among students.It would also provide equal opportunities to urban and rural students, she added.
The projects launched by the President included engineering books of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in Odia language, glossary of the technical terms in Odia language, developed by Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology (CSTT) and e-KUMBH (Knowledge Unleashed in Multiple Bharatiya Languages) portal.
Murmu described the initiatives of the Union Ministry of Education as commendable steps in the direction of making education accessible to all.
She said the government has taken steps to provide technical education in the regional languages under the National Education Policy 2020 as it has been observed that many students face difficulty in understanding technical education in English.
The President said earlier technical education in regional languages used to face hurdles due to non-availability of textbooks in vernacular languages but the AICTE had removed this hurdle now.
She said that education is a tool for empowerment. We must ensure that each and every child in our country has access to education at every level.
“We have to do our best to make the education available to all without any discrimination,the President said adding there would be no difficulty in getting technical education in Odia language since Odia is an ancient and rich language and has a distinct literary tradition and rich vocabulary.