DU has decided to introduce 11 foundation courses in the first two years which will be common to all students across different subjects.

As one of these compulsory papers is going to be Hindi or any Modern Indian Language (MIL), students feel they won’t be able to do well.

The North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) has submitted a memorandum to the vice chancellor insisting “imposition of Hindi or MILs upon the students of the North-East” was unfair as most of these languages were alien to them.

“It is likely to cause immense hardship for the students who belong to communities that speak neither Hindi nor one of the MILs,” said Chinglen Khumukcham, a DU student and member of NEFIS.

Besides English, students will have to either study one paper in Hindi or any MIL listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution such as Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam and Manipuri.

Though some north-eastern languages are listed as MILs, students say DU doesn’t have the facility to teach them.

Though the students are wary of the format, DU officials say their concern is baseless.

According to the new format, a student will be able to pass a year with at least 40 per cent in aggregate. “Even if a student gets a zero in MIL, he will still pass and move to next year if he manages to score at least 40 per cent aggregate in other papers,” said a member of the Special Task Force that developed the framework