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Andhra Pradesh makes English-medium teaching compulsory for all UG colleges

The Andhra Pradesh government had announced in September 2019 that it would introduce English as the medium of instruction in all government schools, and gradually convert all Telugu-medium schools to English-medium ones while still teaching mother tongue Telugu as a compulsory subject.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad |
Updated: June 15, 2021 6:50:54 pm
In government schools this year, the pass percentage jump has been profound. (File)

The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to make English the medium of learning at all degree colleges in the state beginning this academic year.

The Department of Higher Education of Andhra Pradesh feels the introduction of English medium education at the undergraduate level would enhance the career prospects of graduates, said Education Minister Audimulapu Suresh.

The Andhra Pradesh government had announced in September 2019 that it would introduce English as the medium of instruction in all government schools, and gradually convert all Telugu-medium schools to English-medium ones while still teaching mother tongue Telugu as a compulsory subject

In January, the government partnered with the University of Cambridge to train teachers and students to develop proficiency in English.

Of over 2.62 lakh students who have taken admissions in degree colleges across the state in 2020-21, 65,981 are in Telugu-medium institutes.

Of these 65,981 Telugu-medium students, 24,007 are pursuing BA, 16,925 BCom and 24,960 BSc. The decision to make English the language of instruction is bound to immensely benefit these students, the minister said.

Officials said that the data they collected indicates that BA students get into jobs in sales and marketing, apart from journalism and research, and proficiency in English would enhance their prospects. Keeping in mind the fact that most companies have started to prefer multilingual candidates and the emphasis on English, it is essential that the students pursue their under graduation (UG) in English medium, an official said.

Education Department officials also said public sector recruitment through UPSC, APPSC, SSC, BSRB also test language proficiency.  As the 4th year of the undergraduate curriculum is in research orientation, it would be difficult to pursue quality work in PhD if the UG is studied in Telugu medium, officials said.

The transition from Telugu medium in Intermediate to English medium in Degree would be easier when compared to the transition from Telugu medium in Degree to English Medium in Post-Graduation. Studying market-oriented programmes in Degree in Telugu Medium is difficult as the reference material is available in English, they said.

In order to facilitate a smooth transition, the Department of Higher Education has also introduced life skill courses like personality development and leadership and human values and professional ethics. Every student should mandatorily select at least one life skill course in the first two semesters and two in third. The curriculum is thoroughly revised with effect from 2020-21 with a mandatory internship for 10 months, and 30 per cent of the revised curriculum consists of skilled oriented programs.

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