2. In pursuance of the Resolution of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, Government of Manipur has established and strengthened a Language Cell in the Department of Education(S) for taking care of development and promotion of Manipuri language (as a State Official Language and also to commensurate with the newly acquired status of being a Schedule Language); and for all round development of all the Tribal Languages spoken in the State, with the appointment of some 15 employees (Officers, Research personnel and Staff) on Contract basis from 31-01-1998 pending regularization of their services and setting up a full-fledged Language Directorate. Their term of engagement has been extended from time to time by the Govt. with the concurrence of State Finance Dept.
A. FOR MANIPURI LANGUAGE
Standardization of Manipuri Language in respect of its Spelling, Terminology, and more importantly, Semantics, Lexicology and Lexicography for its lexicon in order to implement the Manipur Official Language Act-1979 and other Government Orders issued therein with following two major projects:
b) Manipuri Terminology Building Project: Any change in the medium of Official Language and Education essentially necessitates production of Reference books for all office purposes and University-level text-books in adequate number. These books may not only be of a high level with regard to the subject concerned, but these must contain standard and uniformed terminology.
c) Language Cell started preparing Manipuri Terminologies for 17 subjects that are studied at Graduate level with the help of competent subject experts under the sponsorship of the Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology (CSTT), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi.
So far 12 subjects of Humanities and Social Sciences have been fairly completed. Apart from these, implementation of state policies adopted with regard to re-introduction and development of Meetei Mayek/Roman Script for Manipuri Language also carried out by the Language Cell. Manipuri Text-books from Class I up to Class X are also produced in Meetei Mayek as well as in Roman Script. The work includes transliteration in both writing systems and all DTP processes.
10-day Meetei Mayek/Roman Script Training Programs for Primary School Teachers have been conducted by the Language Cell in two Phases. Each phase lasts 10(ten) days. The Programs have benefited about 2000 Primary School Teachers consequent upon the adoption of Meetei Mayek/Roman Script for Manipuri Text-books for Classes I-X under the Board of Secondary Education, Manipur.
B. FOR TRIBAL LANGUAGES
The following steps are taken up by the Language Cell to provide Minimum Levels of Learning to the Children of Linguistic Minority groups within the framework of Curriculum Content published by NCERT.
b) Dictionaries: To publish Dictionaries of 2500 words for each language. c) Curriculum development, curriculum materials, Teacher Training, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation work are to be followed accordingly.
So far Language Cell has completed the following work.
2. Phonology of Anal Language.
3. Phonology of Liangmei Language.
4. Phonology of Zou Language.
5. Multilingual Dictionaries of 2782 words for six Minority Tribal Languages ---- Aimol, Anal, Koireng, Liangmei, Paomei, and Zou with Manipuri and English Language.
The following were the works entrusted to the Language Cell
A. FOR MANIPURI LANGUAGE
2. Translation of important Rules, Acts etc.
2. Compilation of different types of Manipuri Dictionaries.
3. Compilation of Manipuri Encyclopedia.
4. Preparation of Manipuri Language Teaching and Learning materials for different purposes.
5. All the works relating to Meetei Mayek.
B. FOR MAJOR TRIBAL DIALECTS
2. Preparation of comprehensive grammars and teaching materials.
3. Compilation of vocabularies and basic sentences of Major Tribal Dialects along Manipuri, Hindi and English Languages.
C. FOR SAFEGUARD OF MINORITY TRIBAL DIALECTS
2. To impart education in Minority Languages at the Primary stage of School Education under the Article 350 (A) of the Constitution of India.