The State Education Institute (SIE), Prayagraj, has designed a first-of-its kind dialects dictionary in four volumes, containing 76,000 words in region-specific languages, including Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Braj and Bundelkhandi.
The move is aimed at conserving regional dialects of the Hindi heartland and using them to better educate school kids.
The dictionary, which is already in the printing stage, is in line with the new National Education Policy (NEP)-2020, the officials added.
The dictionary comprises a set of four books of around 150 pages each. It will soon be released by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), UP.
The officials said that teachers from different regions posted in primary and upper primary schools spread across the state will be able to explain the topics and the subjects better to the enrolled students in their own local dialects using this four-set dictionary.
Naval Kishore, principal of State Institute of Education, said, “This will not only encourage the conservation of these dialects but also help in removing linguistic barriers. This will help teachers and students of government-run primary and upper primary schools of the UP Basic Education Council.”
“The students would be able to better grasp the topics when teachers explain them in a language the children speak and understand better than Hindi and English,” he added.
Deepti Mishra, the assistant deputy director (education) and coordinator, Samagra Shiksha, SIE, Prayagraj, said maximum 22,000 words of Braj language have been preserved in one of the volumes while in the other, 18,000 words of Bhojpuri have been compiled.
Likewise, 17,000 words of Awadhi and 19,000 words of Bundeli languages have been compiled in the third and the fourth set of the dictionary — each having their meaning given in Hindi.
“In our society, dictionaries are often seen only as reference books but like a good grammar book, a good dictionary is also very helpful in teaching the language or a subject to anyone. With the help of this four-set dictionary, teachers of other language areas will also be able to explain the subject well to the students in their own dialect,” Deepti Mishra said.