Department of Assamese
Language is one of the most important parts of any culture. It is the way by which people communicate with one another, build relationships, and create a sense of community. Improves memory and brain function Learning a language strengthens the area of the brain which is responsible for memory, speech and sensory perception. Bilingual people are better at retaining lists, sequences, names and directions. They are also more creative, perceptive and can concentrate for longer.
Learning Assamese will bring you closer to the scenic landscape, rich culture and warm people of Assam. The sounds of have a soothing quality and the language itself is easy to learn. It has Assamese similarities with Bengali, Odia and Hindi as well.
History of Assamese
Assamese is a medium of learning in Brahmaputra valley and Bengali is that of Barak valley. Bodo is the learning medium in Bodoland area. English is used simultaneously .The rise of private schools across the state mostly prefer English language as a medium of education which suppress the Assamese language and its value to the users. Rather their status is worsening day by day due to multiple reasons. The government policies are mostly criticized for the state of government schools. Parents are also attracted towards private schools avoiding enrolling their children in government schools only those who can‘t afford fees of private schools have to opt for government schools. Even in universities, the higher study of any language has been taught in the medium of English language. Competitive examinations like UPSC, APSC etc. can be written in Assamese, but there is a lack of study materials in Assamese language. It is very disheartening to see that English is widely promoted to acquire knowledge rather than knowing in Assamese. Assamese is recognized as a constitutional language in the 5th schedule of Indian Constitution. The government like and official works in Assam are done in Assamese but the use has reduced considerably over the years. The public, pressure groups like Assam Xahitya Sabha raise their voice for correct use and promotion of Assamese in public donation. But somehow, the awareness has not yet developed that was expected.
Although the Assamese language has various varieties, it is the standard dialect that is used at the state level. Assamese Nationalism aims to promote the use of the language to create a sense of unity among the people of Assam. However, the idea ignores the tribal languages which are spoken in the state of Assam. Assamese as a medium of instruction hurts the tribal communities and their culture. The earliest form of the language is known as the Prakrit. The Prakrit went through various stages to become Assamese. Indirect objects come before direct objects in this language.
Mission & Vision
Programe Specific outcome
The department of Assamese has its mission to enable students towards a board understanding of literature, language and culture of Assam.
The department of Assamese inspires and entrust the students to become a good human being. By understanding and acknowledging literature and wisdom they can give value to their life as well as society.
PO1: The graduate course in Assamese major incorporates Assamese literature from the 9th to the 21st century and also includes Western and Eastern literature.
PO2: Students will gain knowledge of various aspects like tourism, archaeology, agriculture and fashion like indigenous dress and ornaments. They will also gain information on various religious and historical places of interest, archaeology variety and scope of agriculture.
PO3: Students will gain competence over the Assamese language and will be able to enhance their communicative skills.
PO4: After completion of this course students will gain information on the Assamese culture and tradition. The course will provide skills in creative writing.
PO5: After passing out with major in Assamese, students get opportunity for post graduation in literature, linguistics, cultural studies, mass communication and tourism.
PO6: Students also get opportunity for fashion designing and beautician course.
PO7: They can engage themselves as teachers.
PSO1: The graduate course in Assamese major incorporates Assamese literature from the 9th to the 21st century and also includes Western and Eastern literature.
PSO2: The cultural history paper includes various aspects like tourism, archaeology, agriculture and fashion (indigenous dress and ornaments). It also encompasses information on various religious and historical places of interest, archeology. Varity and scope of agriculture.
PSO3: The paper on Linguistics deals with the grammar of the Assamese language.
PSO4: After completion of this course student will gain information on the Assamese culture and tradition. The course will provide skills in creative writing.
PSO5: Competence in the language will empower their communication skills.
PSO6: After passing out with major in Assamese, students get opportunity for post graduate in literature, linguistics, cultural studies, mass communication and tourism.
PSO7: Students also get opportunity for fashion designing and beautician course.
PSO8: They can engage themselves as teachers.
CO1: Students will gain knowledge of Folk literature, Folk dance, Folk song, Musical instruments and food habit of different parts of Assam. They will study the characteristics of Pre-Sankari literature and its difference with modern literature and also the language of that time.
CO2: Helps attain knowledge about the origin and characteristics of classical Assamese poems e.g., the poems of Chorjapod,Sankardeva, Durgabar.
CO3: Deals with the literature of ‘Arunudai’ period, the contribution of the English missionaries to the Assamese literature, the position of Assamese language and literature during the rule of the English.
CO4: Deals with the language and content of odern Assamese poems and the life history of modern Assamese poets.
CO5: Deals with a study of ‘Indo-Europiya’ language and structure, ‘Ancient Indian Arya Language’, its structure and its difference with Modern Indian Arya language It also gives an introduction of the history of origin of the Assamese language and a brief introduction to the languages of the surrounding states and their contribution to the Assamese language and to the dialects of Assamese.
CO6: It initiates Assamese prose that deals with the literacy and linguistic components of the “Kirtton”, the drama and epics of the Sankari period and the “borgeets”.
CO7: Deals with the grammar of the Assamese language.
Sonamani Barman (M.A.,Net) Assistant Professor (H.O.D)
Dr. Swapna Hazarika (M.A.,SLET,Ph.D)
Dr. Byanjana Chakravarty (M.A.,NET,Ph.D).
Shashiprabha Ray (M.A.,SLET).