Sikkim University to launch Bhutia, Lepcha, Limo languages post-graduate courses

Sikkim University
Sikkim University plans to launch post-graduate courses in Bhutia, Lepcha and Limo languages from the next academic session, said the assistant registrar of the Sikkim University.
The assistant registrar, Grace Chankapa, said the university had written to the Union ministry of human resource development and University Grants Commission seeking the approval for the courses.
"We may start the post-graduate programmes in three languages if the approval is given to us from the Union ministry of HRD and UGC. The vice-chancellor of Sikkim University T.B. Subba is regularly pursuing the matter with the two agencies. These three languages have been listed as endangered languages by the Unesco," said a senior official of the university.
Chankapa said if the approval was granted by the UGC, Sikkim University would be the first varsity to start the post-graduate course in the three languages.
The Sikkim University presently offers post-graduation in 29 subjects, including Nepali. The three proposed languages are taught in government schools and in government colleges at the graduation level in Sikkim.
The students had requested Subba to start the three language courses so that they could pursue further studies in these languages, informed the university officials.
A source in the university said that once the approval was given by the UGC, the university would work on finalising the course and appointing teachers.(TT)

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