This monograph, A Sociolinguistic Study of Mauritius, is the
result of a pilot project undertaken jointly by the Central Institute of
Indian Languages (Ministry of Human Resource Development,
Government of India) and Mahatma Gandhi ji Institute (Government of
Mauritius) under the Indo-Mauritius Cultural Exchange Programme
in 1986, Dr G.S. Rao and Ms. Rekha Sharma conducted told
work for a short period of six weeks. and analysed the data after
their return from Mauritius. Meanwhile Dr. Rao joined IGNOU in
1986 on deputation from CIIL but continued to work on the
manuscript from there. I must thank the authorities of IGNOU
fur sparing Dr. Rao’s services for 2 period of three months in 1987
to complete the manuscript in collaboration with Ms. Rekha Sharma.
The monograph studies the linguistic situation in multilingual
and multi-racial Mauritius from several angles viz. use’ of language
in different domains, perceptions and attitudes of speakers towards
their languages, the functions of languages in Mauritius society,
educational use and expectations, media use and so on. The study,
though limited in scope, highlighted the fact that Indian languages
are on the decline. It is gratifying to note that the Government of
Mauritius is extending tremendous Support to the teaching of Indian
languages in schools and_ their use in the media. The Government
of India, on its part, is sending its language specialists every now
and then to bolster the language teaching programme in Mauritius
and also to train their language teachers. As part of this cooperative activity a group of Indian language teachers from Mauritius
have visited the CIIL in the beginning of this year under a UGC
I hope that the cooperation between the two institutions will
further develop into more academic projects in the years to come.
I congratulate the authors for their meticulous and scholarly
work. It is earnestly hoped that such academic pursuits will bind
the peoples of India and Mauritius together in their common
endeavour to discover each other.
I wish to thank Mr. Uttam Bissondoyal, Director of M. G.I. in
Mauritius who originated the idea of joint research undertaking
between our two institutions. This is just the beginning and I hope
that there will be more such joint programmes in future.
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