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CBSE includes Rai, Gurung, Tamang & Sherpa languages

Sandeep Kumar Rai

The students of Sikkim now can enjoy reading four languages Rai, Gurung, Tamang and Sherpa from the academic session of 2015-16. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has accorded the approval for inclusion of 4 local languages in school education.

The students who are belonging to these four different communities of Sikkim are benifited with the respective languages. The CBSE has also allotted subject codes; for Rai 131, Gururng 132, Tamang 133 and Sherpa 134. The inclusion of these four (read Rai, Gurung, Tamang and Sherpa) languages in the CBSE Curriculum are in addition to three languages; Bhutia, Lepcha and Limboo which is included earlier.

This has fulfilled the commitment of the State Government for inclusion of these languages in CBSE curriculum and has also been able to satisfy the persistent demand of students of these communities to afford them an opportunity to study their mother tongue at a higher level, it said.

The State Human Resource Development Department (HRDD) had already submitted draft text books for these four languages to CBSE for their introduction in the curriculum, once the approval is granted. Further, the HRDD had also submitted a list of qualified candidates who can teach these languages in the schools of Sikkim once the subjects are introduced. This will now pave the way for introduction of these 4 languages at further higher level including university level in subsequent years.