The Andhra Pradesh government announced on Tuesday that all degree colleges in the state will employ English as the medium of instruction beginning from the 2021-22 academic year.
The Department of Higher Education identified that English will enhance the career prospects of the students, citing the findings from the India Skills Report of 2019, in which English figured among the top three skills, along with learning agility and adaptability, which the employers look for.
According to the state government, out of the 2.62 lakh students who took admission in degree colleges in 2020-21, 65,981 students enrolled as Telugu medium students. Analysing the future paths being taken by BSc, BA and BCom students, the official said that English is becoming key to them as new avenues are opening up.
Citing data, the official said that a large number of BA graduates prefer getting into sales and marketing, journalism or research, where it is "essential that students pursue their under-graduation in English medium".
"With the advent of top-notch technology, commerce (and) industry has become highly dynamic, fast-paced and algorithm/software oriented in the last two decades. Therefore, English serves as an essential tool for professionals in the industry who are in the process of becoming highly successful," officials said about BCom students.
English is also key for public sector recruitment through the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC), SSC, BSRB and others.