National Seminar on Ethnic Languages and Literatures of the North- East : Problems and Prospects

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The Department of Assamese organised a Two Day National Seminar on 'Ethnic Languages and Literatures: Problems and Prospects' on March 27 and 28, 2018. The seminar was organised under the aegis of the Centre of Advanced Study Phase II ( UGC SAP ). Professor Tami Mibang, Vice Chancellor, Rajib Gandhi University presented the Key Note Address. In his address Professor Mibang defined ethnicity and the significance of ethnic language in the cultural life of the nation. Professor Mibang dwelt upon at length the origin and evolution of Languages in various parts of the world with a focus on the linguistic diversity of the North East. He emphasised on the need for proper policy for the protection of the endangered Languages and urged upon the importance of people actually speaking in these Languages.

Earlier, Professor Alak K Buragohain inaugurated the two day seminar. Professor Buragohain stated that language is basic to individual identity and Ethnic Languages and Literatures are invaluable repositories of human knowledge, wisdom, experiences and feelings. Therefore it's important that we work for presentation and promotion of the Ethnic Languages and Literatures- especially if the North -East.

Professor Nava Kumar Handique, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor Alpana Konwar, Chairperson, Centre for Language Studies extended a warm welcome to the delegates and the participants an explained the purpose of the Two Day National Seminar.

Professor  Nagen Saikia, former Raxaraj Lakshminarh Bezboroa, Chair Professor, Dibrugarh University made his observations on the subject with special reference to the region.

There are fifty two research papers from several Universities of the region and outside -including from JNU, are to be presented during the seminar. Dr. Pranjit Bora, presented theVotes of Thanks.

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