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Bengali language in focus

Problems plaguing the Bengali community came up for discussion during the 57th annual literary conference of Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan at the community centre in Sonari on Sunday.

The daylong conference hosted by the local chapter of Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan was inaugurated by Jayanta Ghosh, the outfitís national general secretary.

A prominent theatre artiste of Calcutta Gautam Mukherjee was the chief speaker. He spoke on the relevance of theatre. Mukherjee appealed to the younger generation to come forward and help promote theatre culture.

Jayanta Ghosh also demanded a proper syllabus and appointment of teachers in Bengali medium schools between classes I and XII.

ďThe available infrastructure in Bengali medium and other linguistic minority schools is pathetic. Steps need to be taken to improve the situation. Before partition of the state, there existed a strong education system under the Patna Board of Secondary Education where Bangla, Urdu and Oriya were regular medium of education for the community of such linguistic students. But it is really sad that after the formation of Jharkhand, the education system for such minorities started collapsing in absence of syllabus, textbooks, teachers and infrastructure,Ē he said.

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