June 7, 2013 3:17:04 am
President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday laid the foundation stone for Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University at Mugalia Kot near here. The varsity aims to provide Hindi-medium students a level playing field in higher education.
The President welcomed the Madhya Pradesh government move to provide technical education through Hindi medium. The varsity has designed syllabus for courses in Hindi and offers courses in engineering,medicine,science,management,arts and commerce.
The BJP government has in the past argued that Hindi-medium students find it tough to maintain their good show after the higher secondary level as they find it difficult to cope with English. A legislation to set up the university was passed in December 2011. A few months ago,the varsity started functioning from a rented building. About 24 students have enrolled in certificate courses in yoga and organic farming.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said only two per cent people speak English in the Hindi heartland and said he had fulfilled one of his resolves. Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said the university will also have to translate Hindi literature in other Indian languages and vice-versa.
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