[INDOLOGY] Re: Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL)

Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at gmail.com
Fri Feb 26 14:16:53 UTC 2021

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On Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 4:48 PM Asko Parpola <aparpola at gmail.com> wrote:

> The last issue of DLA [Dravidian Linguistic Association] News contains a
> copy of a letter sent to the Government of India by D. P. Pattanayak, the
> first Director of the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) in
> Mysore. CIIL has published a number of good introductions to Indian
> languages and other useful publications, but its fate seems sad.
> With best wishes, Asko Parpola
> Pattanayak, Debi Prasanna, 2020-12-15 Letter to the Government of India,
> published in DLA News 45 (1), Jan. 2021 p. 3:
> Date: 15-XII-2020  Sub.: Converting the CIIL into BBV and downgrading
> Qualitative Language Education by downgrading Linguistics.  Ref.:
> LD/MoE/GoI No. N. 7-6/2017–LCC(Pt.I), dt. 27-12-2020 and LD/MHRD/GoI F. No.
> 8-14/2019/L-II, dt. 18-02-2019  Dear Madam/Sir:  I am shocked to hear
> that the Govt. of India has set up a committee to work out the details of
> the transformation of the Central* Institute of Indian Languages
> (henceforth, CIIL), Mysuru from the Govt. of India office to a Central
> University. The Central Institute of English & Foreign Languages, the
> Kendriya Hindi Sansthan and the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan becoming a
> University is different from the CIIL, subordinate office of the Govt. of
> India becoming a University. The CIIL was established when the Govt. of
> India had no language department to work on language policy and planning
> and to monitor implementation of language programs of the Center and the
> States. It was visualised to act as a bridge between the Center and the
> States, Universities are autonomous bodies. No University can be a
> substitute of the CIIL. Although the CIIL was a department of MHRD (now
> under Ministry of Education), the faculty was given the UGC scales after
> re-designating the positions as Deputy Director-cum-Professor, Senior
> Research Officer-cum- Reader and Junior Research Officer-cum-Lecturer. This
> way, the CIIL faculty could interact with the University faculty and update
> themselves while interacting with the State Govt. Officials. The Director
> was a member of the CABE as well as member of Boards of Governors of the
> Central Language Institutes and acting as the Advisor of the Govt. of
> India. Unfortunately, the present day bureaucracy is in no position to
> convince the political leadership about the importance of the activities of
> the CIIL. That it is the fountain head of resources about language use in
> domains like education, administration and mass communication. It not only
> helped solving language problems of States but worked towards sustaining
> India’s status as a single language, linguistic and cultural area.  Another
> unfortunate part is the fact that most of the members of the constituted
> committee are Sanskritist, and there is not a single reputed linguist among
> them having high academic credibility in linguistics. This reminds me the
> fact that the last two Directors of the CIIL are non-linguists. During the
> time of the last Director, the recruitment rules of the post of Director
> was revised so that a linguist can never be selected as Director. If my
> information is correct then the UPSC experts for the interview of the
> Director held in the 4rth December 2020 were all Sanskritists and former
> bureaucrats and there was not a linguist having high academic integrity
> among them. This is a shame to all the linguists of the country. I have
> already written before that the CIIL without a linguist as a Director is
> like Indian Institute of Science (IISc, Bengaluru) heading a Social
> Scientist as a Director. I strongly suggest that all the linguists bring
> this to the attention of the Hon’ble Prime Minister and the Minister and
> Secretary of Higher Education, Govt. of India. It is the duty and
> responsibility of every linguist, social scientist, and language scholar in
> the country to ensure restoration of the CIIL and save linguistics. Debi
> Prasanna Pattanayak
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Nagaraj Paturi

Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.

Director,  Inter-Gurukula-University Centre , Indic Academy
BoS, MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune, Maharashtra
BoS, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Veliyanad, Kerala
BoS Veda Vijnana Gurukula, Bengaluru.
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BoS Rashtram School of Public Leadership
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Studies in Public Leadership
Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies,
FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,
Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.

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