GUWAHATI: The apex student body of Bodos, the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) staged a protest at Dispur last gate demanding separate directorate for Bodo language.
ABSU president Pramod Boro said, “We have been demanding for a separate directorate since 2000 for the development of the language. It has become the need of the hour to have a directorate for smooth functioning of all the administrative and academic institutes, timely publication and distribution of text book and appointment besides others.”
According to ABSU, around 3 lakh students are in Bodo medium schools.
“So that the students are not deprived from their fundamental right of education. The Assam venture education institutes provincialisation of service act 2011 has excluded many Bodo medium schools. We want that issue to be addressed at the earliest by the state government,” Boro said.
The students’ body has asked the state government to add Bodo language as state associate official language. “In spite of a series agitations, the state government so far has not paid heed to our demands. As the Bodo language is one of the oldest languages spoken by the indigenous people of the Northeast, it deserves a status to any other languages being used in official purpose,” Boro said.
ABSU said that the Bodo language was introduced by All India Radio in 1975 and the language has been the state associate official language in two districts – Kokrajhar and Udalguri since 1984.