Janakpurdham, Dec. 24: The 16th international Maithili conference concluded here on Sunday, adopting 10-point Janakpurdham Declaration.
The conference has demanded recognition of Maithili language as lingua franca in government, semi-government and non-government offices at province level and local level in Province 1 and 2 of the country.
The conference also underlined the need to make Maithili a compulsory paper with 100 full marks from early childhood development to grade 12 in the school curriculum and also called for initiating teaching-learning and evaluation of the students through the mother language, reads the declaration.
Among other demands included in the declaration are establishment of Maithili Academy for the protection and preservation of Maithili language by identifying main working areas in province 1 and 2, arrangement of fellowship to individuals doing journalism in Maithili language and protection of electronic media from the state.
The conference also demanded recognition of mother language (Maithili) as a script of examination in all service commissions including Public Service Commission, completion to language commission envisioned in the Nepal Constitution-2072 BS and proportional appointment of Maithili language experts in such commissions. RSS
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