About The Department
India has always been home to a wide sect of languages and cultures. Tribal language and culture is one of the most notable among them.According to anthropologists, there are more than 461 types of Tribal folks in India- the Santhali tribe being the the most noteworthy of all.The total Santhal population in the world right now is almost 7.4 million. They have their own distinguished society, religion and rituals, culture and language. They speak in the Santhali tongue which belongs to the AustroAsiatic family of languages.
On 22nd december, 2003 the Santhali language was included in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constituition. States like Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisa have already started teaching Santhali language as a subject in schools, colleges and universities. West bengal is ahead of every state in respect of the number of instituitions that teaches Santhali language.
Netaji Mahavidyalaya, under Burdwan university was established in the year 1946 by Dr. Radhakrishna Pal. The Department of Santhali was founded on 1st August, 2008 and was inaugurated by Sri Vinod Das.
Between the years 2008 and 2021, approximately six hundred students, from both pass and honours streams have successfully completed their degree courses in Santhali language from this very college. The departmental faculty now consists of one Assistant professor and four State Aided College Teachers(SACT), tirelessly working to provide quality education to students.
The main objectives of this department are:
- To save Santhali language from obliteration.
- To educate young minds about the Santhali culture and literature.
- To delve deep into the history of Santhali language.
- To strengthen the roots of Santhali tradition through literature.
- To make students familiar with the unique structure of Santhali Grammar.
- To study and comprehend the sui generis of Santhali literature.
- To acquire knowledge of the syncretism/ amalgamation/merging of the Santhali language and Santhali culture.