Delhi University has planned to offer a short-term certificate course in all the eight northeast Indian languages to promote these languages among students and prepare for the heritage tour to that region scheduled in December.
According to DU vice chancellor Dinesh Singh, “There is a proposal to offer short-term courses in eight different languages of the northeast, which will include tutorials on basic working knowledge of the languages and not the detailed scripts. The Linguistic department is working on details as well as structure of the course and we will have a plan of action made soon for the same. “
In the influential programme where as many as 900 students would be given opportunity to travel to northeast region by Dharodhar-Gyanodaya Express this year from 20 to 30 December. The programme is designed in such a manner that the students would be able to understand the heritage, culture and people of the land and enrich their knowledge about the people widely. The students need to submit their project details during their visit in the northeast region which they are going to take care of while they are on the tour. The short-term certificate courses would add to their benefit where students could learn the basics of the languages while they would visit the places. Even if the students couldn’t make it to the list of 900 students who would avail the train journey to visit the northeast region, students can rope themselves in to the short term courses.
There would be a foundation course in Nepali and Bengali, the most widely spoken languages in northeast region. Along with it Assamese, Nagamese, Manipuri, Arunachali and Tripuri would be there in the short term courses. The future of these courses are not yet decided and the officials are about to decide that whether the course would continue in future years as well, or for this year alone.
In the Delhi University alone there are almost 5,000 students from the northeastern states who are studying at various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes . These students have an option of choosing either Assamese or Manipuri as an elective language during their three year degree courses but there is no full time courses running in these languages at this moment at DU.