Srinagar, Mar 3 : 'Hindi Diwas was celebrated on Tuesday with a lot of gusto and enthusiasm in Kashmir University (KU) which witnessed a number of literary activities as well as celebrations to commemorate the memorable day. Kashmir University Vice Chancellor (VC) Talat Ahamd, who was the Chief Guest of the event, appreciated the Department of Hindi for conducting it. ''It is very important occasion for the Hindi department, which he said is very old department of the university.''
'It is an honor that we are organising Hindi Divas which actually was scheduled on September 14, 2019 but due to uneasy situations could not be organised,'' he said while addressing the participants of the event at Gandhi Bhawan of the Kashmir University. The VC stressed the need to improve the education standards and simultaneously asserted that the research should be conducted on high note so that the students who would complete their studies from here should be known across the world.
He said it is the basic and very important job of any university to provide quality education to the students. The VC further said education standards of any university should be very high and simultaneously researches should be conducted on high note so that students could be recognised with the name of their University from where they had completed their studies.
''Kashmir University should be known as the best in the world for its education standards and research programmes,'' the Vice Chancellor stated, adding that research papers should be published in top journals of the world. The Vice Chancellor admires those students who read their poetry and prose in Hindi in front of well packed Gandhi Bhawan auditorium.
However, he stressed upon the students to improve their pronunciation. ''I am happy that students read poetry and prose during the function but I urge them to concentrate to improve pronunciation,'' he said. He said that there was no threat to the Hindi language in view of the vast population of our country. ''No doubt English is an international language, but one should also learn and speak Hindi,'' he further stated. He revealed the Hindi Department of the Kashmir University would be further groomed so that it would provide better education to the students in future.
Prof Talat Ahmad also stressed on the need to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with other universities to promote Hindi language in Kashmir. ''I am sure that the government of India is doing best at their level in promoting the Hindi language. But we should also make more efforts to boost this language so that it could reach the vast number of people in Kashmir valley,'' Prof Talat Ahmad added. The event witnessed a number of literary activities, including essay writing competition and poetry reading.
Dean School of Arts, Languages and Literature Pro Lily Want was the Guest of Honor of the event. Head Department of Hindi, Ruby Zutshi delivered the welcome address while Dr Zahida Jabeen thanked the guests and other participants. Dr Bharatendu Kumar Pathak moderated the proceedings. Dr Pathak and Naairah Qureshi were the competition incharges while as renowned broadcaster and poet Satish Vimal and Dr Mehraj-ud-din were the judges. The day, which is celebrated across the country on September 14 to mark adoption of Hindi as one of the official languages, was delayed due to an uneasy situation in the valley post abrogation of special status of J&K on August 5. (UNI)