The Delhi Police plan Hindi lessons for students from the North east.
Difficulty in speaking the language has been often blamed for the many hurdles students from the region have to face in the Capital.
Representatives of student groups have welcomed the police’s proposal.
“We have nearly finalised plans with Jawaharlal Nehru University to organise Hindi lessons for students from the Northeast.
We have also spoken to the Delhi University vice chancellor, who has responded positively. The classes will be conducted by the Hindi departments of the universities, and the focus will be on functional aspects of the language,” Robin Hibu, joint commissioner of police, training, said.
“Students from the northeast and south India face discrimination because of the language barrier,” Hibu added.
The programme may be extended to Jamia Millia Islamia in the future, officials indicated.
“We will discuss with the police any integration programmes that the students need,” said SK Sopory, vicechancellor, JNU.
Debarun Barua, convener, Arunodaya Northeast Cell in DU, said: “Most of the students have never been taught Hindi. A course in Hindi will be welcome.”