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HRD Ministry to take immediate steps to protect Maithili language and scripts

Feb 12, 2019 10:41 IST
HRD Ministry to implement recommendations of committee for promotion of Maithili Language
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The Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to take immediate steps to implement the recommendations of a committee, which it had constituted in 2018 to make a report for the promotion and protection of Maithili language and its scripts.

The committee has submitted its report to the Ministry. In the report, it has made several recommendations for the promotion and protection of the Maithili language. The report was examined in the Ministry and it has been decided to take immediate action on some of the recommendations of the committee.

Following are some of the recommendations by the committee:

To establish a script and manuscript centre at Darbhanga in any one of the Universities namely Kameshwar Singh Sanskrit University or Lalit Narayan Mithila Unviersity.

To ensure early completion of the work pertaining to unicode scripts of Mithilakshar by Technology Development of Indian Languages (TDIL).

To prepare audio-visual teaching materials for teaching the Mithilakshar scripts.

Background

  • Mithilakshar or Tirhuta is the script of broader cultural Mithila. The scripts of Mithilaksar, Bangla, Assamese, Nebari, Odia and Tibetan are part of the family.
  • It is an extremely ancient script and it is one of the scripts of the broader North Eastern India.
  • Mithilakshar had come to its current shape by 10th Century AD. The oldest form of Mithilakshar is found in the Sahodara stone inscriptions of 950 AD.
  • In the subsequent years, the scripts were found to have been used throughout Mithila from Champaran to Deoghar.
  • However, the use of the script saw a decline in the last 100 years, raising fears of culture getting decimated.
  • As the script is not being used, the Maithili language is being developed in a composite manner despite having been accorded a constitutional status in the constitution.

To safeguard the same, the Human Resources Ministry had constituted the committee in 2018 for making a report for the promotion and protection of Maithili Language and its scripts.