MBBS courses might be offered in the Hindi language as it is reported that The Medical Council of India is contemplating on the proposal to offer the said course in Hindi.
This came after, a proposal was submitted by Bhopal-based Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University which sought permission from the council to start MBBS courses in Hindi. Millennium Post reports that the proposal has been brought up in the executive council meeting of MCI, with the council of the view that that if books and medical journals are available then there is no issue in granting permission to allow the varsity to start MBBS course in Hindi as MCI conducts medical entrance examination in Hindi too. The council has sought a detailed report from the varsity on the availability of books, journals and resources in Hindi. The council is reported to be of the view that when engineering courses can be taught in Hindi, it could be extended to medical courses too.
The justification has for offering an MBBS course in Hindi also comes in the light that out of 450 medical colleges in the country, 150 are in Hindi speaking states. Many students in North India, especially those from rural areas, while clearing the entrance exams, struggle with the college education due to language barriers and would stand to benefit, if the course itself is taught in Hindi.
If Yes for Hindi, why not other languages?
The proposal, while being hailed by many, has also led to a strong controversy, with many states coming forward demanding medical education in their own vernacular languages.
“Students of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, etc pursuing MBBS would prefer to study in their own mother tongue. So when the government is ready to allow medical education in Hindi, then why it should not be in any other local language?,” a senior official of Tamil Nadu said.