Reacting to the decision of the Madhya Pradesh government to introduce textbooks for MBBS in Hindi Language, Comrade Sourav Ghosh, General Secretary, AIDSO, in a statement issued on 21 October 2022, said: The central government is all set to introduce Hindi and other regional languages as the medium of learning in MBBS course. In Madhya Pradesh, it has already been introduced by publishing MBBS books in Hindi, in a programme held in Bhopal in presence of Mr. Amit Shah, central Home Minister. The government is trying to validate this heinous move by claiming that it will help the students.
But, studying and grasping medical science comprehensively up to its highest level is not possible in any language other than English in our country, because most of the authoritative books, studied across the world, comprising pioneering research, inventions and discoveries in medical sciences, are written in English and the majority of the terminologies are in English and Latin.
Even standardised translation of the contents of those books are not available in Hindi or other regional languages till date. So, it is almost impossible to teach medical science in Hindi or any other regional language. Further, this move will eventually create two classes of students—one section, studying in English, will go ahead for higher education, and another section, studying in Hindi or regional languages, would not be able to acquire a comprehensive knowledge in their field. Needless to say, if a student passes MBBS in Hindi or any other regional language, he or she would face problems while pursuing higher studies, not only abroad, but also in other states of our country.
It’s noteworthy that not only in medical education, the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 also prescribes to promote higher studies in their respective regional languages. As the governments over the last several decades have simply neglected the task of developing the regional languages including Hindi following correct scientific method, teaching-learning process will be badly affected if the NEP 2020 prescripts are implemented.
Besides imposing Hindi in a devious manner, the Madhya Pradesh BJP Chief Minister went a step ahead to suggest that ‘Shri Hari’ should be written in the prescriptions. This is nothing but a part of motivated saffronization of education.
We call upon all the medical students, doctors, health workers, and common people to unite against and resist these anti-people moves so that medical science is saved from the incessant attacks of the communal forces and protected from being diluted.