Times of India: City-based organisation, Samartha Marathi, in an initiative to make engineering and medical studies simpler, has decided to bring out textbooks in Marathi for those who wish to pursue higher education in the regional language. Agroup of researchers and publishers, Samartha Marathi has already released a class XI physics textbook in Marathi through Dnyanbhasha Publications.
It also plans to bring out Class XII physics textbook and that of other subjects in July.
“After the textbooks for HSC, we plan to bring out books for higher studies. Research and compilation work for medical and engineering books is on,” Anil Gore, founder of Dnyanbhasha Publications, told TOI.
Gore said, “Till a few years back, many students, their parents and even college authorities were not aware about the rule which allows higher secondary science stream students to write their papers in Marathi. Some organisations and lovers of the language are now spreading awareness about the facility.”
Last year, nearly 1,200 students appeared for the science exam in Marathi, this year, more than 2,500 students opted to write their exams in Marathi. “In other states, students can take higher education in their respective regional languages, but in our state, there is no facility as of now. Grasping a subject becomes easier if the students are taught it in their regional languages,” Gore said.
“Some colleges in Marathwada region and Nagpur are making efforts to start professional courses in Marathi language. Our work will help in promoting the cause further. A step at ministry level should be taken to start such courses in all universities of the state.”
When contacted, Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education secretary Shahaji Dhekane said there is an option available to answer the examination papers in regional language. “There is no change in syllabus. If somebody wants to opt for a regional language, he/she is given the question paper accordingly.”
Dilip Bokil, writer of one such book, said “My intention is to help students in rural areas to take up the science stream. Students who have studied in regional languages find it difficult to know the meanings of jargons in English language at the junior college level. The science books in Marathi will help in solving this problem,” Bokil said.
College of Engineering Pune, director, Anil Sahasrabuddhe, said an integrated approach is required. “If we want to provide professional courses in the regional language, a complete set up is needed to be developed. Setting question papers in Marathi and checking them will require a proper system.”