Seven Manipur languages training programme launched, job priority to polyglot

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Imphal: Manipur government on Friday launched a two-month local language training programme of seven languages, at Manipur State Film Development Society, Palace Compound here.

The training programme will cover Meitei, Tangkhul, Poumai, Rongmei, Anal, Paite and Thadou languages. It will be conducted at Johnstone Higher Secondary School on pilot basis. A total of 40 participants will be given training for each language.

“There is no loss in learning different languages. Our identity will not be compromised in learning languages,” the chief minister said.

He was addressing the gathering at the inaugural ceremony of the “Two months local language training programme of seven languages” at Manipur State Film Development Society, Palace Compound today.

The programme was organised by the department of Language Planning and Implementation, Manipur.

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“The idea behind the local language training programme is to maintain unity among different communities and go together as one, giving a true meaning of state. If different communities inhabiting the State begin to think only for their respective communities, the meaning of state will be lost,” he added.

“We could go deeply in something when learned or expressed in our mother tongue. The need for filing of First Information Report (FIR) by police in the local language of complainants, as an example, can be expressed more precisely in their own languages,” he said.

Job priority to candidates having multiple language knowledge

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Priority would be given to those candidates who know multiple local languages, in recruitment of the state government’s job, the chief minister said.

He expressed the need to include the state’s history in the academic syllabus of school students to make younger generations aware of our history and civilization.

The chief minister raised concern on the worsening of the society, with the absorption of western culture without proper education, knowledge and infrastructure. He urged parents and guardians to allow the usage of mobile phones by their wards only for education and gaining knowledge, as it has become one of the factors for degradation of our society.

Education minister Th. Basanta Kumar Singh, informed that the department had sought funds from external funding agencies to improve the infrastructure of educational institutes and to address the shortage of staff.

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To introduce new uniforms

The education department would come up with new uniforms (T-shits and Check shirts) for government schools from the next academic session. He also mentioned that a Command and Control Centre had been constructed at Bapupara for real time monitoring of schools and added that the central government had also sanctioned Rs 3 crore for implementation of the same.

He expressed his hope that the current government would bring a revolution in the education system of the state, keeping the merit system in the forefront.

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