Bulgarian language is one of the South Slavonic languages, descendent of Old Bulgarian (Old Church Slavonic). It belongs to the family of Indo-European languages and is one of the most important languages of Slavonic group of languages. Bulgarian is the official language of the Republic of Bulgaria. With the joining of Bulgaria to the European Union on 1 January 2007 Bulgarian is today one of the official languages of the European Union. Bulgarian is officially recognized as minority language in Macedonia, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Albania and Kosovo. Apart from these countries there is a large spread of Bulgarian Diaspora in the world. It is spoken by more than 10 million people.

Bulgarian and Slavonic script developed after the creation of the Cyrillic Alphabet by the legendry brothers St. Cyril and Methodius in the ninth century. The Slavonic literary tradition flourished for several centuries in the Bulgarian lands and made tangible contribution to the evolution of European culture and literature.The modern Bulgarian literary language was evolved during the epoch of National Revival. The Cyrillic alphabet with 28 to 44 letters was codified into 32 letters by Marin Drinov, (1870) which gained popularity and later on were reduced to 30. Important contribution was made by Bulgarian writers like P.Slaveikov, L.Karavelov, HristoBotev, Ivan Vazov, ElinPelin, Nikola Vaptsarov, P.Yavorov, G.Milev ElizavetaBragyana and many others in the development of Bulgarian language and literature.

In 1971,Bulgarian language was introduced in the Department of Modern European Languages, the University of Delhi. In 1995, Full Time Regular Intensive Advanced Diploma in Bulgarian was introduced in the Department curriculum.

Scope: Bulgaria has entered into European Union and its Free-market economy has widened the scope of trade with India. The need for good specialists in the language will be in demand by the Bulgarian and Indian companies.



Intensive / Elective Course for M.A. Russian Studies / Part-Time courses

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Scholarship are offered under UGC/CEP programme to the students of Bulgarian language to attend summer seminar in Bulgaria.