New Delhi, Jul 25 (PTI) The Centre has initiated a scheme for protection, preservation and documentation of all mother tongues and languages of India which are spoken by less than 10,000 people, the government has said. Also Read - Monsoon Session Day 2: Lok Sabha Passes Essential Commodities Bill to Raise Farmer Income, Boost Agri Sector | Highlights

Union Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey in Lok Sabha said the scheme — ‘Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages of India’ (SPEEL) is being implemented by Mysore-based Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL). Also Read - 'Jammu And Kashmir to Reopen For Tourism Soon', Says J&K Administration

“This scheme aims at protection, preservation and documentation of all mother tongues/languages of India which are spoken by less than 10,000 people. Also Read - COVID-19: Centre Announces Guidelines For Unlock 2, Lockdown Till July 31 in Containment Zones

“Dialects being part of a language are covered under this programme,” Union Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey said in reply to a question in Lok Sabha yesterday.

He said the UGC has a scheme for ‘Establishment of Centres for Endangered Languages’ under which centres were approved in respect of nine Central universities.

In response to another question, he said, the UGC has invited proposals from universities for establishment of Department of Devanagari Lipi (script) in universities with a view to preserve dialects which do not have a written script in Devanagari.

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