Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister made an announcement on Monday July 15th that, Mathili, Bhojpuri will be included in Delhi Schools as optional languages for classes from 8th to 12th. Other optional languages currently being taught in schools for class 8 to 12 includes Urdu and Punjabi.
Unlike Maithili, Bhojpuri is not yet included in the 8th list in the Indian constitution, thus resulting in its exclusion resulting in it exclusion from the CBSE and UPSC subjects, according to Manish Sisodia. “I as the chairman of the Delhi Government’s Maithili and Bhojpuri Academy will write to the center, urging them to include Bhojpuri”, said the Minister, after chairing a meeting of the Delhi’s Maithili and Bhojpuri Academy.
He went on to add that just like the sanskrit urdu punjabi festival being conducted by the Delhi Government at the Central Govt, Connaught Place, the Maithili Bhojpuri is expected to be organised in November 2019.
The Deputy CM went ahead with his speech, where he said that though currently there are no awards for the contributors of Maithili Bhojpuri Culture, who have assumed the roles of a Journalist or Literary Artist, from now the Delhi Government plans to honor these achievers. Plan is to organise some 12 awards, for “A Lifetime Achievement Award” for both the languages at 2.5 lakh rupees each.
In the meantime, according to the Deputy CM, the Arvind Kejriwal Government also hopes to reach out to the CDAC for a computer font for Maithili language, which is currently not present. Finally, he ended the announcement stating that Delhi Government’s Maithili and Bhojpuri Academy also have plans to operate a Civil Service Examination Coaching Centres for those students who choose Maithili or Bhojpuri as a subject.