Jammu, Dec 23: Tribal Gujjars- Bakerwals Sunday demanded that Gojri Language be introduce in the State Universities , Degree colleges as a subject at Post Graduation (PG) and Under Graduate (UG) level.
The demand was highlighted in a programme held here Sunday afternoon under the banner of Tribal Research & Cultural Foundation. The programme was presided over by noted Gujjar researcher Dr. Javaid Rahi. While tribal writer, poets, and youth participated, the programme was organised to discuss the current scenario of Gojri Languages and Culture.
The programme was presided over by noted Gujjar Scholar Dr Javaid Rahi while a large number of community members, elders and community youth participated.
Dr Javaid Rahi, in his presidential address, stated that Gojri was fast emerging language of the State with rich treasure modern literature besides Folk and Classic literature at its back. He said presently more than one thousand books are available in Gojri in J&K and adjoining States. He stated the Gojri deserves to be introduced in Jammu and Kashmir Universities at PG and UG level.
The participant also urged Governor of J&K who is also Chancellor of Jammu University to intervene and Direct JU to start Gojri Research Centre in Poonch Camps of Jammu University form upcoming academic session. The Gojri Centre was approved by the council five year back but till date it has not been made functional.
The other demands projected in the meeting included immediate step to filling up of posts of Professor and Asstt Professor Gojri which have already been advertised by the Jammu University for Poonch Camps, introduction of Master’s Degree Programme in Gojri subject in the Kashmir University, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University Rajouri as more than 60% population of Poonch and Rajouri speak Gojri, Cluster University Jammu and Srinagar entreated to introduce Gojri in all its colleges besides PG courses, Kashmir University ” pleaded to start Open Choice Course” in Gojri at PG level on the prototype of University of Jammu Gojri PG Course, constitute of a committee to formulate curriculum of Gojri for Under-Graduate courses,
Those who spoke on the occasion Ch Ishtiaq Ahmad Misbah, Khalid Chowdhary Mehmood Ahmed , Shafeeq Choudhary, Bilal Choudhary, Mudassar Choudhary, Shahzaib, Shahid Ayoob, Abaid ur-Rehman and others also highlighted other issues regarding Gojri language and culture.