[lg policy] Asam Sahitya Sabha signs MoU with USTM to enrich indigenous languages

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sun Sep 30 14:42:23 EDT 2018

Asam Sahitya Sabha signs MoU with USTM to enrich indigenous languages
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28, 2018*
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*GUWAHATI *: With the objective to work together in the field of
literature, culture, heritage, diversity and ethnicity in the north-eastern
region and carry documentation and research work on indigenous languages,
the AsamSahityaSabha, the apax literary body of Assam signed a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Science & Technology,
Meghalaya (USTM) at here on Friday.

The MoU was signed by Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi, President of Asom Sahitya
Sabha and Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor of USTM. A host of literary and
academic personalities, including former Asam Sahitya Sabha president Dr
Dhruba Jyoti Borah, Prof Nirmal Kumar Choudhury, former Vice Chancellor of
Gauhati University, RS Mooshahary, former Governor of Meghalaya and
prominent litterateurs and members of Sabha as well as academicians from

Signing the MoU, USTM Chancellor Mahbubul Hoque said that the University
had a social commitment and is keen to work for establishing harmony,
brotherhood and integrity among different sections of society. “We are
determined to contribute to the language and culture of the region and want
to offer fellowships to do researchwork on 20 former presidents of Asam
Sahitya Sabha. The MoU with Assam’s largest and oldest socio-literary
organization will pave the way to achieve objectives which will further
nurture unity in diversity of the north-eastern states, especially Assam
and Meghalaya”, he said.

On this occasion, 100 USTM employees became members of Asam Sahitya Sabha
for lifetime. This would be followed by another 500 membership from USTM,
said Hoque.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi, President of Asam
Sahitya Sabhasaid said that by contributing to the protection of language
and culture, USTM could assume a significant place among the universities
of the world. He also said that Assam needed a language policy and support
of the Government for the intellectual development of the region was very

According to the MoU, the Sabha and USTM will jointly organise Workshops,
Seminars, Symposia on language, literature and culture on mutual
consultation and will honour literary stalwarts and achievers from time to
time to encourage and inculcate literary culture among the future

A significant decision taken in the MoU is that, USTM will offer two
fellowships for researchers at the initial stage to carry out research on
the life of two literary stalwarts of Assam—Dr Maheswar Neog and Syed Abdul
Malik. The Fellowships may also be extended for further research leading to
award of Ph.D degree.

According to the MoU, special importance will be given to Char areas, the
Barak Valley and other economically underdeveloped areas, including some
areas of Meghalaya where the two organisations will take up developmental
activities within their capacity. Villages will be adopted by both the
organisationsto promote educational activities including literature and
culture. The initial target will be to adopt two villages on mutual

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

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