Saving India’s Endangered Languages in light of National Education Policy, 2020

In his inaugural address at a conclave on “Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recognized the importance of mother tongue. He stated that “There is no dispute that children learn faster in the dialect they speak at home. This is a major reason for the National Education Policy, 2020  to include imparting of education in children’s mother tongue, at least till class 5.” If implemented as envisioned, the teaching in mother tongue till class 5 under the new National Education Policy would be beneficial not only from a learning point of view but would also safeguard hundreds of endangered languages across India.

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