A day subsequently the cabinet reshuffle Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the directors of Centrally-funded technical institutions (CFTIs) in the presence of the newly appointed Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan, telling the heads of institutes to “develop an ecosystem of technological education in Indian languages and translate global journals within regional languages.”
The IITs had earlier deferred technical education in their mother tongue. AICTE encouraged technical institutions to look at offering technical education in regional language as an available alternative.
With regards to translations of English journals within local languages, the experts reflected on the practical challenges of the task and quoted a 2012 study by Research Trends that showed how English was the preferred language of research among the scientific community over the years.
According to the Research Trends 2012 study, researchers publishing in languages other than English tend to perform so somewhat more in the softer disciplines (health sciences, social sciences, psychology and arts and humanities) than in the harder ones (physics, engineering, and materials science).