Scheme for

Protection and Preservation of

Endangered Languages

Endangered Languages

Linguists across the world are of the opinion that

close to half of the 7000 spoken languages

will fade away by the end of the century.


The term documentation is frequently being discussed

because of the current attention to

language endangerment issues.

Training Programme

Training Programme on

different fields of language documentation

are conducted regularly by SPPEL

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Galvanized by the grim situation of lesser known languages in the country, the Scheme for Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages (SPPEL) was instituted by Ministry of Education (Government of India) in 2013. The sole objective of the Scheme is to document and archive the country’s languages that have become endangered or likely to be endangered in the near future. The scheme is monitored by Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) located in Mysuru, Karnataka. The CIIL has collaborated with various universities and institutes across India for this mission.

At the moment, the languages which are spoken by less than 10,000 speakers or languages which are not linguistically studied earlier are chiefly considered to be documented in this Government of India scheme. Presently, 117 languages have been listed for the documentation. Documentation in the form of grammar, dictionary and ethno-linguistic profiles of about 500 lesser known languages are estimated to be accomplished in the coming years.


Ministry of Education, Government of India’s Scheme for Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages (SPPEL) takes care so that the languages are properly documented and preserved for their survival. The working of this Scheme is executed by Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysuru.