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Friday , January 22 , 2016

Bodo literary meet begins

Students rehearse on Thursday. Picture by Preetam Brahma Choudhury

Kokrajhar, Jan. 21: The stage is all set for holding the two-day 55th annual conference of Bodo Sahitya Sabha at Bhiranggaon in Chirang district of lower Assam from tomorrow.

The organising committee is giving finishing touches to the venue for successful holding of the conference in a befitting manner.

Around 1,200 delegates from Assam, neighbouring Bengal and Nepal will attend the conference and discuss issues pertaining to Bodo language and Bodo-medium education. Colourful programmes will be held both the days. A discussion on Right to Education Act 2009 and its impact on development of mother tongue in education is scheduled for tomorrow.

The session will be inaugurated by Thaneswar Malakar, mission director of Sarba Siksha Abhijan, Assam, and chaired by Riju Kumar Brahma, the retired director of BTC education department. The key address will be delivered by Sabha vice-president Bisweswar Basumatary.

"Issues related to Bodo language and Bodo-medium education and the future course of action will be discussed during the session," BSS general secretary Kamala Kanta Muchahary said.

The apex Bodo literary body had been demanding that the government of Assam should take proper steps to conduct and popularise education in Bodo language. For this, it has demanded creation of a separate directorate for Bodo medium, provincialisation of Bodo-medium institutions, appointment of teachers, implementation of the RTE Act and timely distribution of textbooks.

Various literary awards, including Rangsar Literature Award, 2015 and Sameswari Brahma Literary Award, 2015 will be presented during the conference.

The founder president of Mising Sahitya Sabha, Taburam Taid, will attend the opening session on the concluding day as the chief guest. Representatives from indigenous sahitya sabhas - Karbi, Dimasa Tiwa, Rabha, Mising, Garo and Deori - will also attend the conference.

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