IMPHAL, August 18: The 11th MEELAL foundation day cum a book releasing function was held at the GM hall today. The function was graced by Inner Lok Sabha MP Dr Thokchom Meinya, Amwju president Wangkhemcha Shyamjai, COHSEM chairman Dr Hamom Naba, Advocate Ngangom Premkumar, Advisors to Meelal Tokpam Thawailemba and Sadokpam Tomba Mangang, Thangta Sindum Lup advisor Ibomcha khuman and Zenith Academy founder Manaoton.
In his keynote address, Paonam Thakaba Meitei stated that Meitei Mayek has been made a compulsory subject from class 1 and 2 under an initiative of MEELAL.
Meitei Mayek will be made compulsory in the matriculation exam conducted by the State board from 2015, he added.
The Meitei Mayek Planing and Implementation department was established on August 20 last with Kh Raghumani as the director, Thakaba Meitei said, adding MEELAL also established a State Lexicon Committee this year to find out foreign words in Meitei Mayek.
During the function, four writers were awarded for writing books without including any foreign words – Jamuna Mayengbam for Lamdamsigi Lol Amadi Mayek; Dr Naren Amuba for Kangleigi Ariba Pukok Puwari; Naorem Romina for Mang-gi Mapu Sing and Waikhom Gojen Meeitei for Ho Ima Nungsibi.