After the Delhi government introduced Maithili in its schools, demand for the language to be added as a subject in the Delhi University’s Department of Modern Indian Languages (MIL) was raised by some teachers.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, Rajiv Kumar Verma, Professor at Satyawati College wrote a letter to the DU Vice Chancellor saying, “During the academic session this year, the University of Delhi also included Maithili Core/ Maithili Elective under the language subjects list along with other languages. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has also introduced Maithili as an optional subject and many candidates have been successful with Maithili as a paper. In July 2019, the Delhi Government announced that Maithili will be taught as an optional language in Delhi schools from Class 8 to Class 12. Kindly initiate the process of the introduction of Maithili as a subject in the DU’s Department of MIL.”
“It’s very encouraging to have one’s spoken language as a subject in the university. They can learn a lot of literature available in the language—that holds true not just for Maithili, but for other regional languages as well,” DUSU President Akshit Dahiya told Hindustan Times.