KATHMANDU: The Nepal Academy, which was established six decades ago for the enrichment of art, language, literature and philosophy, has been playing a crucial role for the advancement of Nepali language along with other mother tongues of the country.

The Academy — which has 11 departments including language, literature, culture, translation and philosophy — has provided its main focus on research and literature.

Chief of Academy Department of Mother Language, Shrawan Mukarung underlined the need for setting up of branches of the Academy in all seven provinces of Nepal for the development of a country enriched with diverse cultures.

"The Academy has been regularly publishing books, magazines and literary magazines for the advancement of several languages including Nepal language, Tamang, Limbu, Maithali, Bhojpuri, Abadhi and Gurung languages," he shared.

The Academy has been publishing 'Thaybhu' in Nepal language, 'Thaplang' in Limbu language, and 'Agan' in Maithli language.

Mukarung said that the government should come up with special policy and programme for the protection of our mother languages and cultures.

He also called for literary community, readers and other concerned agencies to put efforts from their ends for further expansion of the learning store of these languages.

"The expansion and enrichment of mother languages of the country will further enhance cooperation, good will and coordination among different language speaking communities," he noted.

(with inputs from Rastriya Samachar Samiti)