GUWAHATI: Assam's recently-formed Department of School Education has notified introduction of Bodo medium of instruction at the higher secondary (HS) level – class-XI and class-XII – in the Bodo medium and Mixed medium (having Bodo medium) higher secondary schools of Assam. This development follows an announcement to this effect by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at the session of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha in May this year.
A Notification stated that the Governor of Assam has accorded necessary approval to the decision, which will come into force with immediate effect, "in the academic interest of students belonging to the Bodo community and other students inclined to study in Bodo medium".
There are 14 lakh Bodo-speaking people in Assam and there are several hundred Bodo medium schools in the state of various levels. Bodo medium was first introduced in the state on May 18, 1963 at block level lower primary (LP) at Kokrajhar and Dotoma during the tenure of then Chief Minister Bimala Prasad Chaliha.
Bodo medium was introduced at Middle English (ME) schools in 1968 and introduced as a Major Indian Language (MIL) subject under Gauhati University in 1977. The Bodo language was included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution in December, 2003. The Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) recognized Bodo language as an advanced language in 2006.