In a new initiative, Delhi University is planning to introduce short-term courses in eight north-eastern languages. The University, which already offers Assamese and Manipuri as an elective course in the three-year undergraduate program, is now aiming at introducing other north-eastern languages in course content which include Nagamese, Arunachali and Tripuri. Dr. Santacruz, Deputy Dean of Students’ Welfare and Co-ordinator for north-eastern students was also quoted saying that there shall be foundation courses in Nepali and Bengali.
As many as 900 students would be given the opportunity to travel on Delhi University’s “Dharohar-Gyanodaya Express” which shall travel to North-Eastern India from 20th December, 2014 to 30th December, 2014; to spread awareness amongst students about the richness and diversity of the culture of that region.
The University has also opened applications for proposals by interested students stating the kind of projects they wish to undertake while on the tour. The courses in these languages, however, shall be free to be joined by all students irrespective of whether they are a part of the tour or not.
DU Vice Chancellor, Dinesh Singh stated that the linguistic department is currently working on the course structure and content of these languages and they’re likely to finalize it soon. The course, most likely, would be related to basic working knowledge of the language and not the detailed scripts.
The decision is yet to be finalized on whether these courses will be one-time courses or would be offered in the future as well. The University is likely to come out with an official statement soon.
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