The University Grants Commission (UGC) is working on providing textbooks at the undergraduate level in Arts, Science, Commerce and Social Sciences in 12 Indian languages. UGC Chairman M Jagadish Kumar said that we are identifying nodal universities in the states, which will coordinate the exercise to create a team of writers who can write high quality textbooks in Indian languages. This effort is in line with the National Education Policy's goal of providing learning opportunities in Indian languages to students in universities. UGC has invited interested authors/critics and faculty members of higher education institutions to express their willingness to write original textbooks in 12 Indian languages for Undergraduate (UG) level courses in various subjects. Authors from Arts, Sciences and Social Sciences have time till January 30, 2024 to send approval to the Commission and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) through the available form.
According to reports, the University Grants Commission has invited applications in this regard on January 12 from teachers, academics and writers interested in writing books in local languages to write books in 12 Indian languages. UGC has approved the authors for graduate level courses including Arts, Science, Commerce and Social Sciences. In this regard, UGC Secretary Manish Joshi has written a letter to all higher educational institutions asking for applications from writers.
In his paper, Professor Joshi cited 12 Indian languages – Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.