GUWAHATI, June 29 – In a bid to attract a larger audience, including Assamese living away from the State, the Asam Sahitya Sabha is all set to make a significant presence on the Internet.
Well-placed Sabha officials confirmed that a project is underway that would put a selection of Assamese classics on the World Wide Web, allowing readers in any part of the globe to access those. The collaborative effort involves the Sabha and the Computer Science Department of Gauhati University.
Side by side, the apex literary body of Assam is also creating modules which would be useful for new learners to pick up the language within a short term. The web-based programme is likely to be launched in the next few months, and will give the Assamese language a much needed boost especially in areas where there is absence of teachers or textbooks.
Meanwhile, the Sabha is also preparing a road map on methods and means to promote Assamese and other local languages in English medium schools of the State.
It is likely to submit its recommendation to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and the authorities concerned shortly. Sabha officials revealed this on the sidelines of a press meet held in the city today.