3-day seminar on language education begins

Mysore, July 15 (KCU&RK)- Marking the 42nd Foundation Day of Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), a three-day seminar on 'Language Education in India: Policies, Plans and Practices' began today at CIIL pre-mises on Hunsur Road here.

CIIL Founder-Director D.P. Pattanayak inaugurated the programme. Union Ministry of Human Resource Development Joint Secretary Anita Bhatnagar Jain was the chief guest.

Addressing the gathering, Pattanayak expressed immense happiness in CIIL entering the 42nd year after its inception.

"CIIL has been striving relentlessly for the development of all Indian languages. More thrust is being given for research work and translation. It has provided an excellent platform for young scholars and researchers in linguistics," opined Patta-nayak advising officers concer-ned to take into confidence all regional groups before developing any language and preserving it.

Explaining the features of the seminar in his welcome address, CIIL Director R. Sachdeva said that the seminar would feature several sessions with talks by experts in the field of languages.

"Functionaries from Arunachal Pradesh, Orissa and Chattisgarh would present an account of policies and programmes being advocated to preserve and develop minor and tribal languages. A special reference will also be made to non-scheduled and endangered languages," said Sachdev adding that several books and CDs on language education would be released on the last day of the seminar.

The occasion also saw the felicitation of Pattanayak and Anita Bhatnagar Jain.

About 100 linguistic experts, scholars, researchers and faculty members of CIIL are participating in the seminar.

Former Directors of CIIL O.N. Koul and U.N. Singh were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore