The Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh’s government is determined to introduce “dying” local dialects as third languages in schools, says state Art & Culture and Research minister Dr Mohesh Chai.

Chai, while referring to a UNESCO report that 34 languages in the state are endangered, with four of them being critically endangered and on the verge of extinction, stated “We will definitely introduce the local dialects as third language in schools. Presently, Adi and Galo languages are being taught in schools of areas dominated by those communities as third language.”

The minister further asserted that the research department has been documenting the languages of Arunachal since 1951 and, to date, 42 languages have been documented, covering most of the major and minor tribes of the state.

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