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UGC asks universities to include NE history

Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 01, 2014
First Published: 19:34 IST(1/5/2014) | Last Updated: 19:39 IST(1/5/2014)

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has requested higher education institutes to include history and the cultural heritage of northeast in their courses.

“A delegation of northeastern students recently submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister with regard to problems being faced by the students of the northeastern region who are studying in various institutions of the country. One of the demands covered in the memorandum is the inclusion of history and unique cultural heritage of northeast India in the national curriculum,” a notice on the UGC website said.

The HRD ministry had earlier constituted a task force to promote educational opportunities and welfare of students from the northeastern region. The team in its report suggested the curriculum be modified to include in English literature stories from the northeast translated from different languages. It also recommended that the history of northeast (pre-colonial, up to independence) should be taught at school, graduate and post graduate level.

The task force also recommended regular cultural exchanges between institutions in the northeast and other areas. “The  university is requested to take steps, as it may deem appropriate to implement  the above recommendations,” the UGC notice said.

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