Delhi University (DU) is planning to offer certain short term certificate courses in eight different North Eastern Indian languages. The decision is a part of its preparation for the heritage tour to that region in December.
University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh said that there is a proposal to offer short term courses in eight different languages that will cover the tutorials on basic working knowledge of the languages and not the detailed scripts. For this, a Linguistic department is working on details as well as the structure of the course and the plan is expected to be in action soon.
“Dharodhar-Gyanodaya Express” is all set to travel to northeast region this year to enrich students about the culture and heritage of the region. As many as 900 students will be given the opportunity to travel on “Dharodhar-Gyanodaya Express” from December 20th to 30th.
Professor Chandrashekhar is the Coordinator for Gyanodyaa Express. He says that the University has invited proposals from the students who will like to undertake the journey. The short term certificate course will give an opportunity to learn the languages irrespective of the tour.
Duration of the project is one month
The languages for the proposed courses include Assamese, Nagamese, Manipuri, Arunachali and Tripuri.
There will be foundation courses in Nepali and Bengali as well which are widely spoken in Sikkim and Tripura respectively, informed by Dr Santacruz, Deputy Dean Students’ Welfare and Coordinator for the North East students. He also said that there has been no decision for the course will be one-time or will be taken in future as well.
According to the university records, around 5,000 students from the North Eastern states are enrolled in various undergraduate and post graduate programmes.
While DU’s linguistic department doesn’t offer any full time courses in the North Eastern language, the undergraduate students have an option of choosing either Assamese or Manipuri as an elective during their three-year degree course.