What does it mean to empower the linguistically marginalized?
The linguistically marginalized are those who come from different regions, remote areas of the country, with little or no exposure to English language in their day to day lives, or those who come from the marginalized sections of the society with limited resources and means in every aspect of their lives. In either case it is commendable that they are able to manage their education through the medium of instruction which remains by and large alien to them. Fortunately or unfortunately, English remains the medium of instruction, for higher education, which is necessary to communicate with and compete with their peers across institutional and regional boundaries. The students coming to JNU from the entire country and from the entire socio-cultural spectrum of the country need competence in English for higher academic pursuits, a register which is more or less neutral, internationally acceptable, compared regional, socio-cultural & other variations. When one writes a term paper or a PhD synopsis, the written document does not, and should not reflect the regional, social, cultural influences on the language.
The Linguistic Empowerment Cell aims to prepare each and every student of JNU to achieve command over language used in higher education and empower them so that they are able to receive what is being offered in JNU. This is to ensure that the linguistic handicap does not become a cognitive handicap leaving a student frustrated. The student should ultimately be able to not only access but also be able to express his/her own creativity in the programs s/he may be pursuing in JNU. The programs conducted by the LE cell help the student realize his/her full creative potential.