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Bishnupriya Manipuri Council presses for educational welfare of community

Special Correspondent

SILCHAR, June 19: The Bishnupriya Manipuri Linguistic Minority Development Council (BMLMDC), in its charter of demands submitted to the Chief Minister and the Education Minister of Assam, has pressed for initiating steps for the educational welfare and development of linguistic minority students of the community. Briefing mediapersons about the contents of the memorandum, Gopidas Sinha, member, Assam Linguistic Minority Development Board (ALMDB), said that the demand was for preparation and adaptation of Bishnupriya Manipuri language textbooks for class V in LP, ME, high schools and higher secondary schools, inclusion of Bishnupriya Manipuri language as MIL in the curriculum of Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) and the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) from the next academic session.

The memorandum was placed for appointment of linguistic minority Bishnupriya Manipuri language teachers in the dropped LP Schools in 2001 in the districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi, appointment of one each additional language teacher in the LP schools of Barak Valley with 100 per cent Bishnupriya Manipuri pupils, creation of linguistic minority Bishnupriya Manipuri language teachers’ posts for ME schools, high schools, higher secondary schools and government junior colleges in the three districts of Barak Valley and Kamrup, appointment of one each SI of schools in Barak Valley belonging to the Bishnupriya Manipuri community.

The demands as specified above, pointed out Gopidas Sinha, are not only legitimate but also fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of India. Though Bishnupriya Manipuri was introduced in 2001 in LP schools, its implementation as a natural corollary should have been introduced as MIL in class 12 by 2011.

He said there are more than 100 LP schools in the valley where 100 per cent pupils belong to Bishnupriya Manipuri. He reminded the Education Minister recently announced creation of thousands of new posts of teachers. Their demand was to have some posts for the schools and colleges where Bishnupriya Manipuri is taught as a subject.

Courtesy: The Sentinel

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