Saturday, September 10, 2011

Big push for Punjabi at PTU

At a time when most reputed schools in the state don't encourage children to converse in Punjabi, three years after passing of the Punjab Official Language (amendment bill) 2008 on September 10, 2008, Punjabi language has found an unexpected supporter and follower in Punjab Technical University (PTU).

Due to his efforts, PTU has become the first technical university to hold its convocation in Punjabi last month, barring speeches by the chief guest and guest of honour who happened to be non-Punjabis.

Even the annual report of the university was read out in Punjabi by vice-chancellor Rajneesh Arora.

All the official work within the university is carried out in Punjabi and now even minutes of the meeting of Board of Governors would be listed in Punjabi apart from English, said Arora, an IIT Delhi alumnus, who signs all official documents in Punjabi. "If an internal communication comes to him in English, he returns it without signing it, and instructs that it should be in Punjabi. Now, it has become a habit for all senior or junior officials to carry out the official work in Punjabi," said a university employee.

Full report here Times of India

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