Gujarat Technological University to offer 4 engineering courses in Gujarati medium

Gujarat Technological University (GTU) on Tuesday announced the offering of four undergraduate engineering programs in Gujarati from this academic session.
The College of Gujarat Power Engineering and Research Institute (GPERI) Mehsana will provide 30 seats each in Civil, Mechanical, Electronic and Computer Engineering in Central Gujarati from the 2022-23 academic session.

The institute, which has been in operation since 2011, has been offering these four undergraduate programs in English.

“The decision was made in accordance with the proposed 2020 National Education Policy reforms to offer technical courses in the mother tongue. Last year, 19 institutes from 10 states started engineering programs in six regional languages. We also tried, GTU Vice President Professor Navin Sheth said, But for one reason or another, we couldn’t, but this year we started this initiative from Mehsana.”

Professor Sheth added that the decision was made after a series of meetings and consultations with industry experts in each sector which is still ongoing.

“For example, experts in civil engineering such as builders met and discussions were held. A similar meeting was also held for mechanical engineering.

Everyone said they are not against the idea of ​​appointing a candidate from them with an engineering degree in Gujarati. Instead, this will help the candidates as they are required to communicate with the workers in their mother tongue.”

GTU claimed that this would provide higher education opportunities for rural and tribal students and also increase the state’s gross enrollment rate in higher education. Countries such as Japan, China, Germany and Poland offer programs in their mother tongue only and students study these programs. But because of 200 years of British rule, we focus on the English language. This must change,” said GTU Registrar KN Kher.

GTU will also offer diploma programs in Gujarati Medium. The medium of instruction in polytechnics is English, but students are allowed to write answer papers in Gujarati language as well. The work of translating textbooks and study materials for the first year has been completed.

“A total of 20 textbooks have been translated – nine for certificate and 11 for diploma – of which three have also been printed. Prof. Sarika Srivastava, Textbook Translation Coordinator at GTU University, told this paper: “Work is underway to translate approximately 90 books for the second year “.

Meanwhile, Gujarat Technological University for the first time in association with Ahmedabad Chamber of Commerce Welfare Foundation (ACCWF), the supreme body of agricultural agencies, announced the organization of an exhibition of startup projects on July 21-22 at the GTU campus.

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