The Central Institute of Indian Languages has reached 25 years of age and it is time
for reflection about its origin, development, achievements and shortfalls.
The study of Indian languages with the objective of preparing them for the new roles
of national reconstruction and development was the concern of many since the
independence of the country. The major responsibility to support such a study was to be
taken up by the State. The Kher Commission of the Government of India recommended
the establishment of three Central Institutes for this purpose. The Official Language
Resolution of 1968 made the Central Government also responsible for the development of
all Indian languages in addition to Hindi. These and other developments led to the
establishment of the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) in Mysore on
July 17, 1969.
The primary objective of the Institute is the development of Indian languages ensuring
coordination between the various developmental activities at the governmental and non-
governmental levels and also by orienting linguistic research for the development of Indian
languages. The Institute is also to contribute towards the maintenance of multilingualism
of the country through language teaching and translation and to strengthen the common
bond between Indian languages.
The work of the Institute consists of research, training and production of teaching
materials. The result of these activities can be scene in its more than 300 publications and
6879 teachers trained in its Regional Language Centres. The Institute has been able to make
an impact on language teaching in schools making it skill-based and function-oriented. It
has brought audio-visual and computer technology to aid the teaching of Indian languages.-
It has helped many tribal languages to be codified, described and used in education. Its
research and training programmes in social, psychological and folkloristic aspects of
language and culture have introduced new dimensions in research on Indian languages.
The International Institutes organised by the Institute in sociolinguistics, scoliosis,
phonetics and other areas have helped the development of human resources in these areas.
The major problem of the Institute is that it cannot meet all the language needs of the
country. It has to play the role of a catalyst and trendsetter, and other agencies are to take
over the universal implementation of the innovations. This has not taken place Lo the desired
In the coming years, the Institute plans to consolidate the earlier work and expand
the work in the areas of translation, computer applications and production of audio-visual materials. It aims to strike new grounds in evaluation, storage and dissemination of
language information. The Institute will shortly move into a new campus to Carry on the
work with a new vigour and vision.
One part of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations is the publication of twenty five special
volumes. The present book is one of these.
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