Concern Over Dip In Punjabi Standards
CONCERN OVER DIP IN PUNJABI STANDARDS
Patiala March 17:
The 24th international Punjabi development conference was held at Punjabi university's senate hall.
Inaugurating the conference, minister of education Dr Upinderjit Kaur said, "All institutions created for the furtherance of Punjabi should make optimum utilization of limited resources by identifying areas of specialization and working in unison than isolation, with each other."
While expressing deep concern over depleting standard of Punjabi language, art and culture, she said that Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have turned a blind's eye towards accepting Punjabi as their mother tongue as originally it was theirs before division of Punjab. While in Singapore, Punjabi has been accorded second language's status, Haryana has given this ‘honour' to Telugu and Himachal Pradesh to Urdu, she said.
Dr Upinderjit Kaur further said, "Western culture, on the other hand, is deeply eating into the value system of Punjabis abroad, she said, are showing much better concern and seriousness towards promotion of Punjabi while in India, it is facing a step-motherly treatment at the hands of its own so-called well wishers. She urged the scholars to use digital and multi-media technologies to pave way for the development of Punjabi.
Dr Jaspal Singh, vice-chancellor Punjabi University, said that all fears shown towards Punjabi losing its base and vanishing into the oblivion are baseless. He urged Punjabis who are going abroad to carry the values of Punjabi culture to save it against the onslaught of western culture.
Referring to the point raised by Dr Upinder Kaur, he said that Punjabi university will soon start job oriented courses to generate employment for the students of Punjabi. To begin with, it will start a course in Punjabi Journalism from the next academic session.
Shrugging off doubts about the UNESCO report that Punjabi will be one of the languages that will vanish from this planet by 2050, Dr Jaspal Singh said that it is completely an unfounded report.
Source : Punjab Mail Online