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JNU’s proposed School of Indian Languages should also have a Centre for Maithili Studies, cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad has suggested. “It has come to my notice that your esteemed university is going to establish the School of Indian Languages in near future. In this context, I would like to bring forth the issue of establishing a Centre of Maithili Studies in the proposed school,” Azad said in a letter to JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar.
“The intellectually fertile land of this language speaking community has contributed a lot in the philosophical and folk traditions of India. Maithili has its own traditional script and it is one of the rare languages in the world which has been written in other scripts also for centuries,” said Azad, who represents in Lok Sabha Darbangha constituency in Bihar where Maithili is spoken.
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Maithili, a language included in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution, has been recognised by Sahitya Akademi since its inception for literary excellence.
Looking forward to promoting studies and research in Indian languages, JNU is considering setting up of a school which will offer courses in Hindi, Urdu, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese and Oriya languages.
The varsity offers language courses in French, German, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Persian through its “School of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies”. However, none of the Indian languages are on offer for research.
The university administration has sent a proposal regarding the school to all the departments for their feedback on the same. The matter will later be placed before the Academic Council (AC) for its approval.