ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND DIASPORA STUDIES FOR ENGINEERING STUDENTS UNDER NEP-2020
Today's undergraduates are expected to have 21st-century skills as part of learning and developing critical thinking abilities. Indeed, the “National Education Policy 2020” seeks to establish an educational system founded on the rich diversity of India's linguistic, cultural, and creative traditions. Refusing to recognize English as an Indian language in the National Education Policy is a sly attempt to impose Hindi. Local languages, particularly tribal ones, are being lost, and this paper expresses worry about their dwindling space. The English and English-aware elites blame the marginalization of other Indian languages as naive. This research paper explains that the value of language cannot be overstated when discussing education. Because of the diversity of Indian languages, the NEP encourages multilingualism and bilingual education while emphasizing the need to improve proficiency in Indian languages. Regarding acquiring a job, "English" is still up for debate regarding its cultural values and ethos. However, the policy's instructions for language usage must be examined in the language classroom. The students of undergraduate Engineering degrees need to be taught about Indian culture and the arts to create a strong sense of cultural identity and an appreciation for art, as they are more prone to migration for higher studies or for better career opportunities (software) but not as a compulsion. Ancient India's language and education were caste-based. The English educational system helped people escape constrained knowledge systems. This attribute improved the country's appeal when the British left. Many middle-class Indian parents believe that sending their children to an English-medium school will help them in the employment market. English is crucial to our global commercial and social competitiveness.
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