Centre for Endangered Language Studies

The Centre for Endangered Language Studies (CELS) at IIT Patna is set to work for the minor / tribal / endangered languages of the state of Bihar and adjoining areas. In addition, the centre aims to collaborate with the institutes and universities of the neighboring states to work for minor / tribal / endangered languages along the state borders.


To help the endangered language communities to revive and maintain their languages and also instill a sense of pride and loyalty towards their native language.


  • To make the Centre one of the leading centres working on the preservation of endangered languages in the country and worldwide.
  • To explore and devise new techniques for language documentation that can be shared with larger community.
  • To create database of all such languages comprising grammatical descriptions, dictionaries and documentation.
  • To create annotated resources and tools for Natural Language Processing (NLP) in endangered languages.