GUWAHATI: A joint team led by All Assam Manipuri Students' Union (AAMSU) met State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday at his official residence regarding the burning issues in the matter of 'depriving the Manipuri medium candidates' in competitive exams and job recruitment tests. While discussing the problems faced by the Manipuri medium candidates in applying for government jobs, the Education Minister gave assurance to the delegates for immediate actions to get relief of the hurdles. If necessary the Manipuri language will be included along with Assamese, Bengali and Bodo languages in all the job recruitment test, including Combined Competitive Examinations conducted by APSC, AAMSU said in a release.
Through a joint memorandum the AAMSU stated that the Manipuri language is spoken by around four lakh populations of Assam since its settlement in Assam in 1536 A.D. when Swargadeo Suhungmung (1497-1539 A.D.) entered into matrimonial alliance with the king of Manipur, Kabomba. Since then unabated historical relation continued between these two neighbouring countries.
Considering its indigenousness, Government of Assam recognized the Manipuri language as Medium of Instruction as early as in 1956 in Primary level and up to Class – X in 1976. The Manipuri language was included in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution on 20th August 1992.
"At present there are 154 Manipuri Medium Schools in Assam. Now, all these students are in doldrums due to some Government Notifications issued recently where knowledge of Assamese or Bengali or Bodo languages has been made compulsory except the candidates from Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong districts," said AAMSU.
The joint delegate team comprises All Assam Manipuri Students Union, All Dimasa Students' Union, All Moran Students' Union, All Assam Sonowal Kachari Students' Union, All Assam Deori Students' Union, All Adivasi Students' Association of Assam, All Assam Chutia Students' Union, All Assam Hajong Students' Union and Assam Jatiatabadi Yuva Parishad.
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