Manipuri is the predominant language and lingua franca in the north –eastern state of Manipur. Manipuri is also spoken in the Indian states of Assam and Tripura and in Bangladesh and Mayanmar.
Manipuri is a language of Kuki- Chin group of Sino-Tibetan family. It has been recognised by the Indian Union and has been included in the list of Scheduled languages. Manipuri is taught as a subject up to Post- Graduate level in many Universities of India, apart from as a medium of instruction up to under graduate level in Manipur. At present Manipuri is taught in Manipuri alphabet up to class X in Manipur though the Bengali alphabet has been used in teaching and writing of this language for long years .
The population of the Manipuri in Tripura , according to census report of 2011, is 30000 thousand. The government of Tripura has introduced Manipuri language as first language at primary level since 1998. The government has also decided to introduce the language at the upper primary level from the academic session of 2017. At present Manipuri is taught in the 24 notified schools throughout the state. At present Manipuri language is taught upto Class VIII level in various schools of Tripura.
|List of Schools where Manipuri Language is Taught -|
|Sl.No.||Name of School||Type of School||District||Language taught upto|
|1||Muktadwar J.B. School||JB School||West Tripura||I-V|
|2||Fatikchara high school||High School||West Tripura||I-VIII|
|3||Durgapur high school||High School||West Tripura||I-VIII|
|4||Taltala H.S school||H.S.School||West Tripura||I-VIII|
|5||Berimura H.S school||H.S.School||West Tripura||I-VIII|
|6||Barjala H.S school||H.S.School||West Tripura||I-VIII|
|7||Kaminikumar H.S school||H.S.School||West Tripura||I-VIII|
|8||DhanaSingha Chaudhuri H.S school||H.S.School||Unakoti||I-VIII|
|9||Raitwisa H.S school||H.S.School||Unakoti||I-VIII|
|10||Dhanbilash H.S school||H.S.School||Unakoti||I-VIII|
|11||Baidyardighi H.S school||H.S.School||Sipahijala||I-VIII|
|12||Golaghati H.S school||H.S.School||Sipahijala||I-VIII|
|13||Gournagar S.B. School||SB Scholl||Khowai||I-VIII|
|14||HalhaliMuslimpara J.B. School||JB School||Dhalai||I-V|
|15||South Methirmia J.B. School||JB School||Dhalai||I-V|
|16||Malaya S.B. School||SB School||Dhalai||I-VIII|
|17||Methirmia S.B. School||SB School||Dhalai||I-VIII|
|18||Halhali S.B. School||SB School||Dhalai||I-VIII|
|19||Kuchainala S.B. School||SB School||Dhalai||I-VIII|
|20||Avanga S.B. School||SB School||Dhalai||I-VIII|
|21||Duraicharashibbari High school||High School||Dhalai||I-VIII|
|22||Dharmapur S.B. School||SB School||North Tripura||I-VIII|
|23||Govindapur S.B. School||SB School||North Tripura||I-VIII|
|24||Batarasi High school||High School||North Tripura||I-VIII|
For encouraging literary & scholarly sctivities in Manipuri language 3 nos. titles of Manipuri Books have been published from the Directorate of Kokborok & Other Minority Languages –
- Manipuri Word Book with English & Bengali Meaning.
- Tripuragi Khangatlaba Shaireng.
- Tripuragi Khangatlaba Warimcha.
Apart from this,108 nos. title of various Manipuri language books have been purchased & distributed, as Supplimentary study materials, by the Directorate of Kokborok & Other Minority Languages in the schools where Manipuri language is being taught as a subject.