JORHAT, June 2 � The Arunachal Pradesh Government is going re-introduce the Assamese language in the secondary level in the schools of the State as an elective subject.
This was stated by Bosiram Siram, Education Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, in his speech as the chief guest of the function organised to celebrate the 72nd birth anniversary of renowned litterateur Lummer Dai held at Naharlagun yesterday.
�As the young generation does not know the Assamese language, they hardly realise the broadness of the mental sphere of the great personalities like Lummer Dai,� he added.
Earlier, Assamese had been the medium language in erstwhile NEFA and after the Arunachal Pradesh was formed as a Union Territory in 1972, the language became the Third Language in the secondary level in the State. The interested students could study Assamese language in the schools from Class VI to Class VIII as an elective subject.
In 1987, Arunachal Pradesh earned Statehood and the Assamese language remained as the Third language in the secondary level in the State. But unfortunately, most of the schools in Arunachal Pradesh now lack in proper facilities for teaching Assamese language from Class VI to VIII. There is still a section of students who aspire to study the language as an elective subject.
In this connection, Asam Sahitya Sabha sent a proposal to the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh requesting to provide facilities in the schools, including infrastructure for teaching Assamese language from Class VI to Class VIII. Assam Sahitya Sabha itself offered to provide logistic support to it, like preparing the necessary syllabus, preparing textbooks, required equipment and inputs to the teaching fraternity of the State, to teach Assamese language in the schools from Class VI to VIII, taking care of all necessary things as required.
Rong Bong Terang, president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, and Paramananda Rajbongshi, general secretary of the Sabha, welcomed the Arunachal Pradesh Government�s proposed step to boost the education of Assamese language in the State. This was stated in a press release issued by the Assam Sahitya Sabha.