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Demand for GU question papers in Assamese

May 6. The Asam Sahitya Sabha will launch an agitation to put pressure on Gauhati University to publish books and question papers for its degree courses in Assamese.

Sabha general secretary Paramananda Rajbongshi today said the university stopped publishing books for its degree courses in Assamese six years ago — a move that went against the interest of both the student community and the language.

“For the past three years, the university has been publishing question papers of its degree courses only in English. We will not let this continue. If the university does not publish question papers both in English and Assamese from the next academic session, we will take up an agitation programme,” Rajbongshi said.

He said the sabha has held discussions with the university on the matter and has already sent three memoranda to the authorities but has not received any response so far.

The sabha held discussions with the All Assam Students Union (AASU) yesterday on the issue.

“AASU was not aware of this till we informed them yesterday. When we told them about it, they promised to put pressure on university to publish books and set question papers for its degree courses in Assamese,” said Rajbongshi.

He said staking cue from the Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University had also decided not to set question papers in Assamese about seven months.

Thanks to intervention of the sabha, the university was forced to withdraw its decision, he said.

Asam Sahitya Sabha, the apex literary organisation of the state, has been fighting for use of mother tongues in official and educational institutions.

Responding to a request of the organisation, singer Debojit Saha today decided to appeal the people not to neglect their mother tongue.

“Wherever I perform, I will appeal to the people of Assam to use their mother tongues,” Saha said.

The organisation also held meetings with the Bodo Sahitya Sabha, AASU, the All-Assam College Teachers Association and the All Assam College Principals’ Council yesterday to discuss various language-related issues.

The organisations agreed to put pressure on the state government on various demands raised by the sabha and launch democratic movements if their demands were not fulfilled.