India: JNU Chairs for four languages

By Basant Kumar Mohanty

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is set to introduce Chairs in four Indian languages to carry out research on comparative literature reflecting the social milieu.

The Centre of Indian Languages under the School of Language Literature and Culture Studies of JNU will set up Chairs on Odia, Malayalam, Punjabi and Telugu.

The chairperson of the centre, Professor Anwar Alam, said that the culture department of the Odisha government had pledged Rs 5 crore to JNU as assistance to start the Chair. The governments of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab and Kerala have also positively responded to JNU’s request for funds.

A memorandum of understanding will be signed by JNU and the Odisha government soon.

“Our focus will be to bring out comparative literature to understand the social milieu and the value system as reflected in literature in different languages during different periods. The research will not be limited to one language or any specific period,” Alam said. Read more

Source: The Telegraph