By Monjib Mochahari. The Password. 30 November 2015.
THE Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Chief Hagrama Mohilary announced Rs 1 crore from the council for the Bodo department building at Dibrugarh University, Assam. This was stated by Mohilary during the laying of the foundation stone of Bodo Language department at Dibrugarh University, Assam on 30 November 2015.
This has been a long demand of the Bodo people. The proposed Bodo department will function under the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the university. The Council will provide initial funds for the construction of the department building.
Mr Mohilary pledged to fund the salaries of the teachers inducted in the department if the state government did not agree to sanction funds for the posts. In addition, Bodo Sahitya Sabha leaders promised to extend support to the university for carrying out research in their language and culture.
The event was attended by Rajya Sabha MP from Assam, Biswajit Daimary, Dibrugarh University vice-chancellor Alak Kumar Buragohain and Bodo Sahitya Sabha office-bearers. A large number of people from across the state also participated in the programme. Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary proposed to utilise his MP funds for the construction of hostel, if there is necessity for the new students.
The academic council of the university has decided to start post-graduate classes of the proposed Bodo department from next academic session in July 2016. The department will have about 20 to 25 seats and four to five professors will likely to be appointed soon.
There are already seven colleges affiliated to the Dibrugarh University offering Bodo language and literature paper as a major subject in the degree courses for the last few years. This will open up new opportunities for these students and those who wish learn constitutionally recognised Bodo Language.