The Asam Sahitya Sabha, State’s biggest literary body, on Monday opposed Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS)’s move to make Assamese language irrelevant in its schools. Addressing a press conference in Guwahati, Sabha’s president Paramananda Rajbongshi threaten to demonstrate democratic protest against the KVS’s move.
Earlier, a notification of the KVS issued on March 29 said, “If at least 15 or more students opt to study an additional language, the teaching of the additional language may be taken up by the respective schools as per requirement beyond the school hours.”
Notably, Deputy Commissioner of KVS, Chandradip Nilap was also present in the press conference. Nilap told the literary body that the decision can only be handled or solved by the Central government. He also urged Assam Sahitya Sabha not to demonstrate any kind of protest in front of Kendriya Vidyalayas in the State.
Further describing the move as a conspiracy against Assamese language, the Assam Sahitya Sabha demanded the State government to take strict note of the development. “We have already sent letters to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Ministry of Human Resource Development,” informed Sabha president Rajbongshi.
The literary body further threatened to close down Kendriya Vidyalayas across the State if the KVS did not withdraw the notification.