TEZPUR, April 22 - The Asom Sanmilita Mahasangha, a confederation of indigenous people of the State, demanded that the Tezpur University authorities should introduce Bodo and other tribal languages into the university curriculum.
In a press note, president of the confederation, Matiur Rahman, stated that the university has already been able to gain appreciation from all corners of the society due to its achievements, including India�s Best University award, in recent times.
Congratulating the teachers and authorities of the Central university, he said that by showing accountability to Assamese culture and literature, the varsity introduced the Sankardeva chair, built the Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha Memorial Auditorium, installed the busts of icons like Rasaraj Lakshminath Bezbaroa, Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Natasuryya Phani Sarma, Agni Kanya Chandraprabha Saikiani and others on the university premises.
�We expect that the highest academic platform would shoulder further responsibilities and introduce the Assamese department in the university and take special initiative for the development of tribal languages including Bodo, Deuri, Mising, Tiwa, Dimasa, Karbi, Mizo, Manipuri, Adi, Nyishi, Angami, Konyak, Garo, etc., thereby creating an atmosphere of exchange of cultural and linguistic views among the indigenous people in the interest of building a greater Assamese nation,� Rahman said.
Recently, the indigenous people�s body met the Vice Chancellor of the Tezpur University and discussed the matter. �We are hopeful that the university authorities will take the initiative in this regard,� he added.