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Bar Council of India panel to look into regional language plan


It was reported in March that the government was considering extending an option to introduce courses in regional languages to law colleges, a year after it allowed engineering colleges to do so.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has started discussions with the Bar Council of India (BCI) on a plan to offer law courses in regional languages, according to officials on Monday, who added that the latter has now decided to form a 12-member committee to come up with suggestions.

HT reported in March that the government was considering extending an option to introduce courses in regional languages to law colleges, a year after it allowed engineering colleges to do so. The move is in line with the national education policy (NEP) 2020, which supports offering professional education in regional languages.

The decision to constitute a committee was taken during a meeting between officials from the UGC, BCI, and members of the ministry of education’s high-powered committee for the promotion of Indian languages on Sunday.

UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said: “This committee will identify which all books have to be translated first. We are planning to translate them into 12 Indian languages to begin with. It will help lawyers prepare documents in regional languages and interact with clients in their mother tongue.” The 12 Indian languages in which the UGC is aiming to introduce legal courses are Hindi, Gujarati and Assamese among others.



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