UDALGURI, May 24 � �Without development and full utilisation of vernacular medium, we cannot think of existence of our race. There are instances of extinction of many languages in the world now, which are examples to show that the people speaking these extinct languages too lost their existence in the world.�
The above was observed by Nilakanta Goyary, president of Udalguri district Bodo Sahitya Sabha while addressing the gathering of teachers, parents and students at the Bishnu Rabha Kristi Sangha premises here at Udalguri town on May 18 on the occasion of 50 years completion of introduction of Bodo medium in the schools of Assam.
While addressing the gathering, president of Udalguri district Bodo Sahitya Sabha also observed that not only the Bodos, but the Assamese fraternity too should take it seriously and the Asam Sahitya Sabha and All Assam Students� Union (AASU) should come forward to make the Government implement the State language compulsorily in all respects. He also praised the role being played by the All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) which had launched Mission Quality Education and has been demanding separate directorate for the Bodo medium for its overall development, saying that the Bodos have been demanding it as their right under the Constitutional provision and the Government must fulfil it at the earliest.
The jam packed meeting chaired by Nilakanta Goyary was also addressed by Bhojen Chandra Boro, secretary of Bodo Sahitya Sabha, Nabin Malla Boro, senior teacher and Sahitya Academy awardee, Luke Daimari, principal of Udalguri College, Dipen Boro, adviser of Udalguri district ABSU, Kameswar Boro, general secretary of Udalguri district Bodo Sahitya Sabha, among many others who dwelt on the perfect development of Bodo medium of instruction in the State and the plight of Bodo medium schools and unavailability of Bodo medium textbooks for the students till date.
Earlier, a large section of students, teachers and guardians of the community took out a procession with banners and placards around Udalguri town demanding separate directorate for Bodo medium schools in the State, provincialisation of Bodo medium schools, appointment of teachers etc.
Bodo medium was introduced in the schools of Assam way back in 1963 and the Bodo Sahitya Sabha commemorated the introduction of medium on May 18 with completion of its fifty years of existence demanding overall development of the vernacular medium of instruction.