Srinagar: Environmental Sciences programme, Centre for Biodiversity Studies, and Department of Zoology, School of Biosciences and Biotechnology BGSB University, Rajouri celebrated National Hindi Diwas on September 14, 2023 with great fervor and enthusiasm. This years theme for the day is Hindi Traditional Knowledge to Artificial Intelligence to raise awareness of the significance of Hindi in the nation.
According to a statement issued from Public Relations Office BGSBU Prof. Akbar Masood, Vice Chancellor BGSBU in his message emphasized that on this day in 1949, it was decided by the Constituent Assembly that Hindi would be the official language of the Central Government. To emphasize the importance of Hindi and promote it in every region, every year Indians have observed Hindi Diwas on 14th September since 1953.
During this program Jenab Mohd. Ishaq, Registrar and Hindi Officer, BGSB University stressed on the need to understand that Hindi is not just a means of communication, it is a source of cultural pride and heritage as Hundreds of old literature from great author are available in Hindi, which are the great source of Knowledge and Wisdom, a few of them is already translated to other languages for non-hindi speaking states, that why it is said that Hindi connects us to our roots and allows us to express our thoughts, emotions, and aspirations in a language that resonates with millions. Further, he said in order to boost this language, we should celebrate this day every year and should also organize orientation programmes, seminars/essay writing competitions, short stories etc. throughout the year for strengthening this beautiful language.
Dr. A. A. Shah, Associate Dean Academic Affairs stressed the importance of use of Hindi as Indias official language and the promotion of all Indian languages through literature, theater and cinema as part of the larger effort to promote Indias rich and diverse cultural heritage.
During this event on spot writing competition was organized in which students and research scholars participated and First prize secured by Ms. Supriya Sharma, Department of Zoology, while Anushka Bali (Environmental Sciences), Iram Naz (Department of Zoology) bagged second and third, respectively.
Dr. Shreekar Pant, Coordinator, Centre for Biodiversity Studies welcomed the University Officers, staff, students, research scholars and other dignitaries who were present in this function. Dr. Pant highlighted the changing face of Hindi in the present scenario and gave a brief description of the history of this language and conducted the proceedings of the programme.
Dr M.A. Hannan Khan, Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, while delivering vote of thanks also expressed hope that by learning this language one can broaden his or her horizons, improves cognitive skills, and fosters cross-cultural understanding as is also helpful for those, who are pursuing academic interests in fields related to Indian history, literature, or politics.