President, HCHF Prof. Geshe Konchok Wangdu, and Secretary HCHF Dr Sonam Wangchok who is also a member of Parents Teachers Council, JNV, Leh called on the Member National Commission for Minority Tsering Namgyal Shunoo in New Delhi on Monday and demanded the inclusion of Tibetan language & literature (Bhoti/Tibetan) as an optional in JNV Leh. Earlier the demand was submitted to the Union Minister of Human Resource Development & Chairman NVS, Govt. of India Dr M.M. Pallam Raju also. The representation made before the authorities states that when the children get admission in JNV, they don’t have the opportunity to study their own language and literature even they wish to do so. “The children who have studied Bhoti as an optional subject in their previous schools face difficulties in studying Urdu from the very beginning when they get admission in class 6th in JNV. Therefore, the feeling of the Himalayan people should be duly respected by including Bhoti as an optional subject in JNV School Leh. In order to preserve and promote rich cultural heritage of Himalayas, the local language should be taught to the youths because it is the root of this rich cultural heritage. Bhoti is not only the language of local people living in the boarders of Himalayas but it has also been used in classical form for speaking and writing in India, China/Tibet, Nepal, Mangolia, Bhutan and entire Central Asia”, it argues adding that there are some differences in dialects of different regions though script used is the same. It is pertinent to mention here that Bhoti has been traditionally taught for centuries, primarily in the villages, schools and monasteries, but now it is also taught many in govt. and private schools as well as in various universities.
The representation has pointed out that the climatic condition of Ladakh being extremely harsh and cold, especially in winter months, cannot be compared with other parts of the country. Therefore special consideration such as installation of heating system (solar/central heating) in the hostel as well as in the class rooms for winter months, water heating system for children to wash clothes and take shower etc have been sought. Other demand included the need of proper toilets, bath rooms and the need of employing more Safaiwala/ cleaners to improve the sanitation of hostel/school surroundings and also the need of proper water supply in the school premise so that plantations can also be done besides catering the need of the drinking water supply in the school.
Member National Commission for Minority, Tsering Namgyal Shunoo, assured full cooperation and support for this genuine demand of the parents of students studying in JNV, Leh.