Vernacular Languages under constant threat of Extinction: Prof. Benipal
Amritsar, 18 June: A Three-Week Refresher Course in Punjabi Language & Literature was inaugurated at the UGC- Human Resource Development Centre of Guru Nanak Dev University. As many as 30 teachers of Punjabi Language from the institutes of higher education in Punjab are participating. Prof. T.S. Banipal, Dean College Development Council presided.
Prof. Banipal in his inaugural address expressed his concern over the threat being posed to the vernacular languages in general and Punjabi language in particular, in today’s global world. A few vernacular languages have already become extinct and many more are under the constant threat of extinction, he rued. The teachers of Punjabi Language and Literature have onerous responsibility on their shoulders to grapple this issue valiantly and to propagate the importance of preserving Punjabi Language, which in turn, is intimately associated with the Punjabi culture, traditions, rituals, ethos, civilization etc. Denigrating the so-called inferiority complex linked with the usage of Punjabi in day-to-day life. He exhorted the teaching fraternity to make efforts to get rid of this complex, he further said. Talking about the significance of such Courses, he was of the view that they provide us a rare opportunity to interact with each other as well as the learned academicians, which goes a long way in augmenting the expertise, knowledge, competence of the participants, he concluded.
Prof. Raminder Kaur, Head, School of Punjabi Studies and the Course Coordinator briefed the participants about the thrust area of the Course. Prof. Jatinder Singh, Director, in his welcome address apprised the participants about the achievements of the University in general and the Centre in particular in the last few decades. Counselling the participants to derive optimum benefits from this Course, he advised them not only to listen to each resource person attentively, but also to interact with them to the maximum possible extent. Earlier the Chief Guest was accorded welcome by presenting a sapling by Prof. Jatinder Singh, Prof. Raminder Kaur and Dr. Mohan Kumar.