Aligarh: The Marathi Section of the Department of Modern Indian Languages, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) organised a national seminar on ‘Marathi: Its Correlation with Other Languages’ during the ‘International Mother Languages Day’ observation.
Presiding over the seminar, AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Tabassum Shahab said that since language depicts culture, any language is much more than the external expression and communication of internal thoughts formulated independently of their verbalization. “One’s native language is intimately and in all sorts of details related to the rest of one’s life in a community,” said Prof Shahab.
Pointing out that since according to researches, India has 42 languages on the verge of extinction. It is hence the need of the hour to build resources that might result in transforming the state of endangered languages quickly and help in gradually bettering the way many people access knowledge in their languages.
Prof Shahab further said that it is imperative to protect languages for maintaining linguistic diversity and encouragement of language learning. “There is a need to study languages deeply and AMU is proud that various Indian languages are taught in the university,” said the Pro Vice Chancellor.
Delivering the keynote address, Prof Satish Badwe (Ex-HoD, Marathi, Dr B A M University, Aurangabad) said that Marathi has historical traditions and it is necessary to promote the language in all walks of life to save it from extinction. “We need to invest in the development of regional languages and thus preserve India’s multiculturalism through multilinguism,” said Prof Badwe.
He added that it is important to understand that modern literature is shaped by translation, which must be done to carry the literary nutrients to replenish the very life-blood of its target language.
Dr Pramod Padwal (HoD, Marathi, Banaras Hindu University) said that India has one of the richest diversities in the world with a baffling range of languages spoken. “While India can boast of being the home for a number of dominant languages of the world, it is also true that a large number of small languages are in the brink of extinction,” said Dr Padwal adding that we need to focus on how to maintain a huge linguistic diversity and plan for future language technology resources and requirements.
Prof Mohammad Zahid (Dean, Faculty of Arts) and Prof Shamim A Ansari (Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences) also spoke on the occasion.
Delivering introductory remarks, Dr Tahir Pathan (Director of the seminar) informed that AMU has over 250 Marathi language students and many of them have qualified the NET/JRF examinations.
Meanwhile, the ‘International Mother Languages Day’ was also observed in other departments and schools of the university such as the Department of Geology, Department of History, AMU Girls School and AMU City School.
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