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Promoting Bhojpuri: Varsity in Lucknow to start MA and foundation course

DSMRU will offer a two-year (four semester) MA in Bhojpuri and a six-month certificate course from the new academic session

education Updated: Jun 07, 2017 15:23 IST
Dr Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University (DSMRU) will start a new master’s and foundation course in  Bhojpuri
Dr Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University (DSMRU) will start a new master’s and foundation course in Bhojpuri (Hindustan Times/Arun Mondhe/For representation only)

Lucknow: With the objective to promote teaching and research in Bhojpuri language, literature and culture, Dr Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University (DSMRU) will start a new master’s and foundation course in Bhojpuri from the new academic session.

The university will offer a two-year (four semester) MA in Bhojpuri. There will be 40 seats and eligibility will be graduate or equivalent. Twenty seats are reserved for the six-month certificate course for students with intermediate or equivalent qualifications, said Prof Prof Nishith Rai, vice chancellor of the university on Tuesday.

The course structure has been prepared and approved by the executive and academic council of the university. Because of the growing popularity of the language, the university had established a Centre for Bhojpuri Study and Research, which was inaugurated by Union home minister Rajnath Singh in 2016.

“There was a lot of demand to start the course as not too many universities in the state offer the programme,” said Prof AP Tiwari, academic adviser to the vice chancellor. “In fact, Bhojpuri is spoken widely, about 2.5 crore people speak the language in UP and 20 crores in India - it’s second to Hindi.”

Prof Tiwari said Bhojpuri is spoken not only in UP and Bihar, but in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states as well. Internationally, the language is spoken in Mauritius, Surinam, Fiji, Trinidad and Tobago, Nepal and in many other countries.

While inaugurating the Centre for Bhojpuri Study and Research, Rajnath Singh had said that very soon Bhojpuri would be included in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution. Besides academic activities, a cultural museum was also planned in the Centre to preserve rare manuscripts, art forms.