GUWAHATI, March 2 - The Asam Sahitya Sabha and the Publication Board Assam (PBA) will bring out a comprehensive Assamese dictionary. Senior lexicographer Dr Basanta Kumar Goswami will be its chief editor and work on the dictionary will be completed in two years, the Sabha said in a statement here.
The Sabha arrived at this decision jointly with the PBA at a recent meeting. Both the organisations will work together for development of the State�s indigenous languages.
At the meeting, it was also decided that both the Sabha and the PBA would hold a workshop on Assamese spellings with the involvement of editors of the newspapers published in the State.
A convention will also be held with the involvement of lexicographers of Assam to remove the stalemate arising in the area of implementation of indigenous languages.
It was also decided that the PBA would publish the third volume of the Sahitya Sabha�s history, the complete works of Sahityacharyya Bhaben Barua, a compilation of literary magazine Pachowa edited by the late Hem Barua, a souvenir on the birth centenary of renowned folklorist Dr Prafulla Dutta Goswami and enlarged editions of Pabitra Asam and a compilation of epoch-making literary magazine Jonaki.
Meanwhile, in a separate statement, the Sabha said that it has also decided to implement its previous decision to set up vernacular schools in the districts in association with local people and interested organisations from the next academic year.
The Sabha�s decision was catapulted by the moribund condition of the State-run vernacular-medium schools.
The Sabha will also set up a model academic institution, which will provide learning facilities to students from the pre-primary level to the university level.
The Sabha has also opposed the Union Human Resource Development Ministry�s move to hand over State-run schools to the private sector. It has also opposed the State government�s move to close 5,000 Assamese-medium schools and to merge the vernacular-medium schools.