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Now expatriates can learn Bengali online

Non-resident Bengalis who bemoan the lack of proficiency in their mother tongue among their children can now take heart.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2005 21:11 IST

Non-resident Bengalis who bemoan the lack of proficiency in their mother tongue among their children can now take heart. Learning Bengali goes online from next April.

The Visva-Bharati University will introduce online Bengali lessons, particularly for the children of non-resident Indians (NRIs) who hardly speak their mother tongue in foreign lands.

The university - set up by a famous son of Bengal, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, in 1921 - is engaging a US-based firm to put together the course that has been divided into three modules.

Vice Chancellor Sujit Kumar Basu said the course has been so framed that it would cater to a beginner as well as anyone wishing to take it further and pursue higher studies in one of the world's most widely spoken languages.

The university hasn't yet decided on the fees for the different modules but said it would be "reasonable".

The varsity hit upon the idea after several Bengalis living abroad approached Basu with the proposal.

"There are thousands of Bengalis living abroad who would want their sons and daughters to learn their mother tongue, but can't do so because there may not be schools teaching the language," Basu said.

Varsity sources said the online system would slowly introduce other languages.