Namaste, Pranam, Vanakkam… Now universities will find interesting words for them!

Bhartiya Bhasha Utsav is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Mahakavi Subramaniam Bharathi, a polyglot and freedom fighter. A guideline has been issued by the UGC regarding this.

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has proposed a number of activities that can be undertaken by higher education institutions on the occasion of Bhartiya Bhasha Utsav. Bhartiya Bhasha Utsav is going to be celebrated on 11th December. The commission urged the universities to organize exhibitions to come up with “interesting words” in regional languages. It said to come up with new words for greetings done in different ways like Namaste, Pranam, Vanakkam, Khurumjari, Nomoshkar, Kem Chho.

Activities suggested by UGC are aimed at promoting language harmony. At the same time, a conducive environment has to be encouraged for learning Indian languages. Bhartiya Bhasha Utsav is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Mahakavi Subramaniam Bharathi, a polyglot and freedom fighter. The UGC guidelines for celebrating the Indian Language Festival are based on the recommendations of a committee set up by the Union Ministry of Education last year to promote the languages ​​spoken in India.

The UGC statement said, ‘The exhibition should highlight that all Indian languages ​​have common vocabulary, common sentence patterns, common roots, common vowels and consonants as well as one of the unifying factors of our country. ‘

Universities will set up ‘language stalls’

Universities have been asked to set up ‘language stalls’, in which at least one language from any one state will be given place. As per UGC, each stall should provide interesting information about the languages ​​of the respective state. It was said that interesting activities should be planned at the stall to help the participants understand that learning a second Indian language is not the same as learning a new language.

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In addition, the commission recommended a ‘Meri Bhasha, My Signature’ campaign to encourage children to sign in their native languages ​​whenever possible. It urged universities to encourage students, faculty and parents to wear ethnic clothing, which reflects India’s rich cultural heritage and history.