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Young minds learn the basics of different regional languages

The expert shares tips with students of Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, on how to choose a language according to a given situation.



The Department of Punjabi of Apeejay College of Fine Arts (ACFA), Jalandhar, recently organised a guest lecture on the Importance of Mother Language in Education.

Dr. Harbhajan Singh Bhatia, former Head of Department of Punjabi, ACFA; former Dean of the Faculty of Languages; and former Director of the Academic Staff College, was the source speaker for the event.

While addressing the gathering, Dr. Bhatia said, “I have actually come to salute this Kala Mandir. This college has left no stones unturned in enhancing the culture of fine arts and preserving the languages.”

Stressing on the importance of speaking in mother tongue, Dr. Bhatia added, “We should never feel ashamed in communicating in our mother tongue.”

Further, he asserted that the basic idea of the language is to communicate. Therefore, one should choose the language according to the situation, time and people, and must be confident while using it.

The expert also drew the audience’s attention on how the quality of written and spoken language is being destroyed due to the influence of social media, which is really a matter of concern.

He said, “Globalisation and materialism has affected the language to a great extent. However, it is the responsibility of the younger generation to mould these circumstances, understand the pure form of the language and pass it on to the future generations.”

While congratulating Dr. Bhatia, Dr. Neerja Dhingra, Principal at ACFA said, “It is a matter of good fortune for us that such a distinguished critic, awarded with various national and international awards, arrived on our campus.”Our students are indeed fortunate that they got an opportunity to listen to a seasoned scholar, reflective critic and a great linguist, who speaks different languages.”

Mr. Sandeep Singh, the Head of Department of Punjabi, expressed his gratitude to everyone for making this programme a success.

In the end, Dr. Neerja Dhingra appreciated the efforts of faculty members including Mr. Sandeep Singh, Ms. Lovepreet Kaur and Ms. Anuradha for successfully organising this event. 

Divya is a Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has a degree of Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication. She was a former sub-editor at News 24. Her passion for writing has always contributed to her professional and personal growth.