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Maithili, Bhojpuri to be included as optional languages
Delhi

Maithili, Bhojpuri to be included as optional languages

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New Delhi, Jul 15: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday said Maithili and Bhojpuri will be included in Delhi's schools for class 8th to 12th as an optional language subject, just like Punjabi and Urdu.

"Unlike Maithili, Bhojpuri has still not been included in the 8th list in the Constitution of India, causing its exclusion from CBSE and UPSC subjects. I as chairman of Delhi Government's Maithili & Bhojpuri Academy, will write to the Centre urging for inclusion,' Mr Sisodia said, after chairing a meeting of Delhi Government's Maithili Bhojpuri Academy.

'Just like Sanskrit Urdu and Punjabi festivals organised by Delhi Government in Central Park, Connaught Place, a five day Maithili Bhojpuri Utsav will be organised in November, 2019,' he said.

'There are no awards for those who contribute substantially to Maithili Bhojpuri culture as a journalist or as a literary artist. Delhi government will honor these achievers with 12 awards, for a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' for both languages of Rs 2.5 lakhs each,' the Deputy CM said.

He said Arvind Kejriwal Government will reach out to CDAC for a computer font for Maithili language, which is not present at the moment.

'Delhi government's Maithili and Bhojpuri Academy will also run a Civil Services examination coaching centres for students who choose Maithili/Bhojpuri as a subject,' he added. (UNI)