JNU plans School of Indian Languages

With the objective of creating the concept of a more holistic ‘Indian literature’ by increasing the interaction between regional literatures, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) plans to set up a School of Indian Languages.

“We have an abundance of regional literature in Bengali, Marathi, Tamil and many other languages. But, a person who studies literature in one language is unaware of that in another. While Indian culture and music reflects India in totality, there is no such concept for Indian literature. So, the researchers admitted to the school would now be encouraged to work towards this,” informed Varyam Singh, dean, School of Language, Literature & Cultural Studies, JNU.

At present, the School of Language, Literature & Cultural Stuides at JNU offers European and some Asian languages in its five-year integrated BA/MA programmes and part-time certificate and diploma courses. In addition, there are postgraduate and research programmes of two years’ duration in English, Hindi, Linguistics and Urdu as well.

A member of the committee constituted to create the School of Indian Languages, Namwar Singh, elaborated: “There was a proposal from the academic council to create a school dedicated exclusively to Indian languages by bifurcating the existing School of Language, Literature & Cultural Studies. The vice-chancellor constituted a committee to look into the matter. Since it is an academically sound and manageable proposal, the committee is thinking of setting up the new school by next year.” He is a professor emeritus at JNU and is also the chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi Inter-national Hindi University.

He added: “The new school would reflect an all-India character and its thrust would be to increase interaction between regional literatures to remove parochialism. We will be doing that by introducing comparative studies in regional literature. The school would also be taking up translation work. The school would primarily encourage research work but there would be small certificate courses as well.” Tamil, Urdu, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali and Assamese are a few of the languages that the school would carry out research work on, in the beginning.

“There are many universities that impart BA and MA in regional literature. But, there are not many universities that carry research in literature and it is JNU that can fill this vacuum. What we mean by increasing interaction is that a scholar of Tamil language would do comparative studies in other languages as well,” informed B B Bhattacharya, vice-chancellor, JNU.

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