CUK to soon launch more progs in languages including Hindi: Prof. Mehraj ud Din
Srinagar, Sept 14: Central University of Kashmir (CUK), officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din today said the varsity is committed to launch more teaching programmes in languages including Hindi.
“Keeping in view the importance of Hindi, the University will launch a teaching programme for the benefit of the students of the Jammu and Kashmir, and other States,” Prof. Mehraj ud Din said while addressing a function organised by the varsity to celebrate “Hindi Divas.”
Registrar, Prof. Muhammad Afzal Zargar, Head of the Department Sanskrit, University of Kashmir, Prof. Zohra Afzal, senior CUK functionaries and other staff members were also present on the occasion.
Prof. Mehraj ud Din said that language means no barrier and the people, especially the students should learn different languages. “The language should never be identified with any religion or community,” he said, adding that people should learn Hindi and other languages in addition to their mother tongue.
Speaking on the occasion, Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, gave a resume about the university functioning and the programmes offered. He said the University was doing extremely good vis-à-vis academics and was also conducting numerous activities on that front, despite difficulties in terms of scattered academic blocks. “The university has been conducting several programmes for the administrative officers to keep them abreast with latest developments,” he said.
Prof. Zargar said that Hindi was being used in almost all the government departments and the people should not associate the language with any particular religion. “One should not be biased towards any particular language,” he said, adding that languages, other than the mother tongue should also be promoted. He complimented the Raj Bhasha Cell for organizing the function.
Head of the Department Sanskrit, University of Kashmir, Prof. Zohra Afzal, while addressing the gathering said, said that Hindi was the second largest spoken language in the world after Chinese. “Hindi is being spoken in several countries as thousands of Indians are working in companies and departments of other countries,” Prof. Zohra said. She said the language was a medium of expression and our language should become our identity when we move outside the country.
Prof. Zohra said that there was not much of a difference between Hindi and Urdu and both were interlinked and interconnected. She further underscored the need of promoting Hindi, other than celebrating the day on September 14.
Hindi Adhikari, Ms. Sakina Akhter who conducted the programme traced the history of the Hindi Divas. She said that majority of the CUK employees have passed the basic foundation course of Hindi and were now well versed with the language. Ms. Akher said the Hindi was being promoted in all the departments of the varsity so that they could use it in official work.