Srinagar, Dec 16 (UNI) Gujjars in Jammu and Kashmir today urged the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the state Board of School Education to include Gojri language in their curriculum.
The Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation (TRCF), a national organisation working on Indian tribes with special focus on Gujjars, through separate memorandums also sought due share for Gojri being spoken by 20-25 per cent of population in Jammu and Kashmir.
It also demanded a post graduate department for Gojri in Jammu and Kashmir varsities besides introducing it at primary and higher levels on the pattern of Kashmiri and Dogri languages.
The memorandums also sought the Jammu and Kashmir government's intervention in recommending the case of tribal language status to Gojri to Union Human Resources Ministry for allotment of funds for its promotion at higher education levels.
''Gojri is one of the ancient languages of India. In well- documented works, the historians have traced the origin and practice of Gojri language since B C era. There are several mentions of this language in ancient religious books written in and around 1st century B.C,'' the memorandums said.
''Noted poet of thirteen century Amir Khusroo has made mention of Gojri language in the list of major Indian languages of his time.
Researchers and historians are of considered opinion that Gojri is the mother of Rajasthani, Gujarati Urdu and Haryanvi languages.'' The memorandums further said the state government has already recognised Gojri by including it in the sixth schedule of the Jammu and Kashmir constitution.