Even as the BJP government at the Centre is making several efforts to promote and preserve the Sindhi language, including the establishment of National Council for Promotion of Sindhi Language (NCPSL), it is dying a slow death at the Delhi University (DU). With only one college across the University offering the language and the only teacher in the discipline retiring this year, danger looms over its existence now.
Of DU’s 63 colleges, only Deshbandhu College offers Sindhi as a subject to its BA (prog) students. Vishu Bellani, 65 years old, who has been teaching Sindhi at the college since 1988, is currently the only teacher in the discipline across the University.
“I don’t want this language to die in the university. There has been no fresh recruitment in DU in the past 10 years and I don’t know what will they do after my retirement in December this year”, she remarked.
Bellani, who used to have as many as 30-40 students in her initial years at the college, is now teaching only three students, two in the fourth semester and one in the second. “The college did not even mention the language in the prospectus last year. Therefore, not even a single intake was there. Despite raising the matter with the authorities, it was not changed until the last moment”, she said.
Despite several attempts, principal Dr Rajiv Aggrawal could not be reached for a comment. However, when the college administration was contacted, they said that they will ensure that the subject is mentioned in the prospectus this time.