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SUGGESTIONS: BECOMING A NATION OF INNOVATORS

Establish IITs and IIMs Teaching in Indian Languages: 

1.       There is no reason why Indian languages cannot be used when every small language is being used in professional colleges. Establishing premier higher education institutes like IITs and IIMs instructing in Indian languages as every other small language in the world would not only save crores of children being discriminated against but also would lead to the emergence of technological hubs and growth centres.

 2.      It is accepted world over that science and maths be taught in home languages and professional education at undergraduate level and preferably in post graduate also should be in native languages. Hence Indian languages may be employed as media of instruction at the proposed fifty central universities and 6000 schools for gifted children.

Mandatory English to Mandatory Indian Languages

3.       It is ridiculous to screen for communication skill in English when the selected are to serve the people who know Indian languages in union government organisations such as public sector banks, railways, Indian Post etc. Mandatory English should be replaced by mandatory Indian state languages with due recognition for linguistic minorities. [1] Promotions should be linked with learning one more Indian language so as to motivate the work force. Spoken English is to be done away with spoken language of customers, employees and colleagues.   

Public Funded Research Works in Indian Languages: 

4.       All people should have access to latest research and policy details. Hence public funded research institutes located in different states has to mandatorily publish research reports and findings in Indian languages as in other countries. It would better inform people in general and policy makers and law makers in particular.  

International Experts in the Committees:

5.       International experts from different countries such as educationists and linguists need to be included in policy making committees and bodies. As of now the education committees are Anglo-centric and are language-myopic.

 6.      The committees such as National Knowledge Commission and Yaspal Committee on Higher education should sit in various cities of the country including capitals of states to get opinion from various categories of people.

 Change the Medium of Instruction in Universities:

 7.      The Change in the media of instruction in all public funded colleges to Indian languages with the cooperation of state governments would improve the quality of education. Nothing is more empowering than the empowerment of Indian languages and thereby the people.

Schools for Gifted Children and Central Universities in Indian Languages:

 8.      LKG and UKG in Indian languages as in all other languages of the world have to be established and syllabus standardised by scientific pedagogy aimed at proper socialisation and bringing out the best in children. 

Bureaucracy Sponsored Digital Divide:

9.       Indian languages are excluded from cyber space as a result of government sponsored digital divide. Instead of assigning the task of designing bilingual or multi lingual websites to an inefficient bureaucratic organisation incapable of designing websites in Indian languages, each department may be given the freedom to design multilingual websites.  

          The websites of Prime Minister of India, President, and Parliament are only in English. Equal importance to all Indian languages should be given as in other countries. Union government websites may be modelled on European Union website “europa.eu”.

10.     The government has to liaison with software companies and hardware vendors to make Indian language key boards with every computer. In Russia, all key boards are shipped in Russian alphabet, in Israel in Hebrew script and in Armenia in Armenian script. But in India even governments are not procuring the keyboards with Indian scripts. 

Decentralised Recruitment to Union Government Executive Agencies:-

11.     Allot cadre for All India Service officers on the basis of competency in state official languages and do away with Insider-Outsider quota. This is essential for the effective implementation of state official language policies.  

 12.    Study the prospects of introducing position-based open civil service as in most part of the world and dispense with the present closed career bureaucracy.

13.     Decentralise the recruitment policy for union public sector organisations such as Indian Post, Railways, Oil Companies, Public sector Banks in state official languages to correct the discrepancies so that the language of administration and management of public organisations be the language in which political parties seek vote, the language of citizens and customers.

14.     UPSC civil service examination is biased. Tribal people of the naxalite affected regions are excluded from the mainstream. The largest tribe of India is Gonds who have no representation in central government. The only solution for discrepancy in the selection process is regional quota and decentralised selection process at local level. 

Language in International Relations:

15.     The Honourable Prime Minister of India may address international forums in Punjabi, the Sant Bhasha of India or in any other Indian language and Honourable President of India may address the world in Marathi.

    16.      The Government of India may address Pakistan Government in Urdu, Bangladesh Government in Bengali, Nepal Government in Nepal and Srilankan Government in Tamil as these are official languages of the countries to strengthen the relations.

Enrich Dialects and Promote the Languages of Tribal People

17.     Hindi is the biggest threat to dialects such as Bhojpuri, Mewari, and Haryanvi etc than to other Indian languages.

18.     The languages of tribal people should be given equal status in the states and should be promoted as languages of science and scholarship.

19.     The government has to take adequate steps to preserve the diversity of languages in every part of the country by encouraging and providing financial assistance to maintain and propagate tribal creoles and pidgin emerged in historical processes such as Nagamese and other naga languages such as Angami, Ao, Konyak etc which are the treasures of the proud people.

Link Language of the Country:

20.     The link language of the country has to evolve. All Indian languages should be encouraged and promoted as the languages of science and public information as in European Union and European countries. People should be able to make the choice according to their convenience in each location depending upon the ease of use.

21.     As provided in the Constitution of India, Members of the Parliament may be allowed to address parliament in any of the official languages when he/she is unable to converse in English or Hindi.

22.     Loksabha and Rajyasabha may be technologically equipped for simultaneous translation of proceedings. When the European Parliament can simultaneously translate 23 official languages why can’t India? 

Promote Multilingualism:

23.  Encourage the use of Indian languages in lower courts and High Courts would lead to effective service delivery and speedy justice.

24. Promote multilingualism and trilingual policy at schools in all the states is essential for organic evolution of link language and national unity.

25.  Establish language academies to motivate the people to learn the state’s official languages.

26.  India needs to encourage adopting an alternate common script preferably roman in the technological era and accepting a universal scientific vocabulary.

27.  The government may encourage learning of scripts as a part of school syllabus including Indic  scripts, perso-Arabic and pictographic scripts.

28.  The government may encourage developing an auxiliary language of south Asia.

29.   Language planning is a totally neglected area in India. The government may as in all developed regions of the world consider empowering the poor people of India by extending in knowledge in the languages of citizens.

      [1] To illustrate, the official language of State bank of India in Kerala should be Malayalam and in Bihar in Hindi which is the language of customers. Hence the competency should be screened for Malayalam in Kerala and for Hindi in Bihar. It is the language of customers and workforce that should be the official languages

  


Read Malayalathinde Bhaavi-Bhasha Asoothranavum, Maanava Vikasanavum” (The Future of malayalam - Language Planning and Human Devolopment) in Malayalam written by K. Sethu Raman published by Maathrubhoomi Books for further details and analysis.