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CIIL to conduct first ever National Linguistic Survey

Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | December 26, 2006 12:57 IST

The Central Institute of Indian Languages is all set to start first ever "National Linguistic Survey' after India became independent in April 2007. The last survey of Indian languages was made a century ago by a British government officials. No survey of Indian languages has been conducted since 1947 till date.

Prof Udayanarayana Singh, Director, CIIL -- a Mysore-based premier institute, disclosed this. "The CIIL will kick off the National Linguistic Survey in April 2007 and target completion by 2017," Singh told in Patna on Tuesday. He was in Patna in connection with release of his book.

He said that it was sad that no fresh survey of Indian languages was conducted in post independent India.

Singh said the National Linguistic Survey is a ten-year project led by CIIL. But it would involve around 50 institutions.

The total cost of the project has been estimated at Rs 600 crore and classified into two sections -- New Linguistic Survey of India and Survey of Minor and Endangered Languages.

"Over 2,000 people from various fields will be involved in the survey and over 100  training workshops will be held to sensitise and prepare them for the task," Singh said.

According to Singh, the survey will help know the exact numbers of languages in India today because we know the status of languages as it was a century ago. "The survey will come out with data on endangered languages and those that went extinct over the years," Singh said.

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