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Medical education in Maharashtra will soon be offered in Marathi. The state government is set to make textbooks for the first two years of medical courses available in Marathi from the next academic session, The Indian Express reported. The plan foresees the preparation of these reference manuals for the next academic year. However, the possibility for students to choose Marathi in examinations has not yet been considered.

The plan is to provide optional reference books, with the aim of ensuring a smooth transition for students who have attended Marathi middle schools. It will be determined in due course whether Marathi can be used as the language of instruction in medical courses.

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“The first phase of this plan will be to prepare Marathi textbooks for the first and second year of medical courses. These will be optional reference textbooks, a facility for students coming from the vernacular (Marathi) background to better understand the texts,” said Dr Ashwini Joshi, Secretary of the Department of Medical Education.

He went on to say that experts from various fields will team up to create perfect translations from English to Marathi textbooks. Due to the need for healthcare professionals to verify content, especially regarding terminology used, translators will be a combination of linguists and medical doctors.

Maharashtra will be the fourth state in India to provide medical education in a regional language. Previously, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh announced the start of medical education in Hindi, in line with the New Education Policy (NEP), which emphasizes the provision of higher education in regional languages.

The UP government has formed a three-member panel to review Hindi MBBS textbooks on three subjects including biochemistry, anatomy and medical physiology. Other MBBS textbooks are also translated into Hindi and the committee will review this translation soon. A few medical education textbooks in Tamil Nadu have already been translated into Tamil to provide conceptual clarity and better understanding to students who have attended Tamil middle schools.

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