Bodoland Territorial Council

1. The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) will celebrate ‘Bodo Bijwng San, 2024’ on May 18, 2024.
2. This event marks the introduction of the Bodo language as a medium of instruction in Assam’s schools.
3. The BTC assured that this initiative will not disrupt the normal functioning of educational institutions or government offices.

Guwahati, May 17: The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) is gearing up to celebrate ‘Bodo Bijwng San, 2024’ on May 18, 2024. This significant event marks the introduction of the Bodo language as a medium of instruction in schools across Assam.

The BTC has emphasized that this new initiative will not interfere with the normal functioning of any educational institutions or government offices under its administration.

Celebration Details

To ensure a unified observance of ‘Bodo Bijwng San, 2024’, the BTC has issued directives to all educational institutions and government, as well as semi-government offices within its jurisdiction, to commemorate the day appropriately.

The initiative has garnered the approval and support of the Chief Executive Member of the BTC, underscoring the council’s commitment to promoting the Bodo language and culture within the educational system.

Context and Background

Earlier this month, the Bodo community celebrated the golden jubilee of the Luki-Bekeli Bodo Sahitya Sabha.

This two-day event included annual conferences of the Boko Anchalik Boro Jatiya Parishad, Boko Anchalik Bathou Mohaxobha, and various other Bodo organizations.

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These celebrations concluded on May 12 with open sessions that provided a platform for all Bodo organizations to share their achievements and future plans.

Implications for Bodo Language Education

The BTC’s initiative to introduce the Bodo language as a medium of instruction is a landmark step in preserving and promoting the linguistic heritage of the Bodo community. It signifies a broader recognition of the importance of mother-tongue education in enhancing learning outcomes and fostering cultural identity among students.

The directives to observe ‘Bodo Bijwng San, 2024’ reflect a systematic effort to integrate the Bodo language into the academic framework of Assam, ensuring that the language gains prominence and respect within the educational sector.

Community and Leadership Involvement

The recent celebrations and the upcoming ‘Bodo Bijwng San’ highlight the active involvement of community leaders and organizations in the promotion of Bodo culture and language.

The open sessions during the golden jubilee of the Luki-Bekeli Bodo Sahitya Sabha saw leaders discussing the future of the newly formed Kamrup District Boro Sahitya Sabha.

Central Boro Sahitya Sabha Secretary Nilkanta Goyari, speaking at the opening ceremony, addressed the political decisions by district committees that have caused some confusion among the people.

His remarks underscore the critical role that leadership plays in navigating the socio-political landscape to achieve cultural and educational goals.

Looking Forward

As ‘Bodo Bijwng San, 2024’ approaches, there is a palpable sense of anticipation and pride within the Bodo community.

The BTC’s efforts to promote the Bodo language through educational reforms and community celebrations reflect a broader commitment to cultural preservation and advancement.

This initiative not only strengthens the linguistic heritage of the Bodo people but also sets a precedent for other linguistic communities in India to follow.

The celebration of ‘Bodo Bijwng San, 2024’ on May 18 is more than just a ceremonial event; it is a testament to the BTC’s dedication to fostering a rich, inclusive, and culturally vibrant educational environment for future generations