In a letter to JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar, politician Kirti Azad said that he wants the college to start with a course on the Maithili language. He proposed that the college should start with a Centre for Maithili Studies.
Azad pointed out that the community of Maithili speakers have taken part and contributed to the traditions of India in various ways. He also said that Maithili is a very rare language and has its own traditional script which has been modified for different language over the years.
Former cricketer, Kirti Azad is currently representing Darbangha constituency in Bihar in the Lok Sabha. The language Maithili is spoken in Darbangha and has been identified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.
Further, in order to promote studies and research in various Indian languages, JNU is planning to come up with schools offering courses in the following languages:
Some of the other courses offered by its “School of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies” are:
The proposal of offering Indian languages for research will soon be placed before the Academic Council (AC). Also, other departments of the university have been asked to give their feedback regarding the same.