Government initiate’s scheme to protect Endangered Languages of India
Union Government has initiated a Scheme known as “Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages of India”.
It was announced by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.
Key facts of the scheme
- As part of this Scheme, all the mother tongues/languages of India spoken by less than 10,000 people will be considered as They will be protected, preserved and documented by the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore.
- Technology will play key role in the preservation of endangered languages and it will be an integral part of it.
- Dictionaries and basic grammars in all the endangered languages/mother tongues are prepared in digital format. In addition, talking dictionaries in the endangered languages/mother tongues will be prepared with the help of technology.
- The cultural and ethno-linguistic aspects of the languages/mother tongues and indigenous knowledge system of the communities will be video-graphed and stored electronically for archival and retrieval purposes.
- A digital map with linguistic/cultural words with actual pronunciation for accounting variation in speech is also part of the scheme.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has also prepares guidelines in order to provide assistance for establishment of Centre of Endangered Languages in Central Universities.
In this regard, UGC has accorded approval to 9 Central Universities to establish these centres and allocated Rs.50.00 crore.