MANUU holds Welcome Ceremony and webinar on International Mother Language Day

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One should remain human and shall bury the ego. We all are humans, we cannot judge people externally and lets not be judgemental. There is only one supreme power who is judging us. These were the thoughts expressed by Shri Mumtaz Ali, Chancellor, Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) today in the welcome ceremony organized in his honour on his first visit to the University.

Prof. Syed Ainul Hasan, Vice-Chancellor, MANUU presented a sapling, memento & shawl to Shri Mumtaz Ali. The Chancellor later planted a sapling outside Administrative building.

Shri Mumtaz Ali, a Padma Bhushan awardee, while assuring his full support to MANUU said I am here if you want me to represent to government and ultimately you people are the one who carry forward the work. Special encouragement should be given to girl students. He asked the University to translate literature related to Indian heritage into Urdu language.

In his welcome address, Prof. Ainul Hasan said it is difficult to introduce the versatile personality of Shri Mumtaz Ali who can speak on Quran and Bible and on the other hand he also has knowledge about Vedas, Upanishad, Bhagwat Geeta etc. MANUU is fortunate enough to have a spiritual personality like Shri Mumtaz Ali as it’s Chancellor who has enriched himself with the Sufi traditions also.

Prof. SM Rahmatullah, Pro-Vice-Chancellor delivered introduction of the chancellor. He described him as a multifaceted personality who is also a social reformer, global speaker, author and educationist.

Prof. SK. Ishtiaque Ahmed, Registrar proposed vote of thanks and expressed his gratitude to the Chancellor for sharing insightful message on the occasion.  The Finance Officer I/c, COE, Deans & Directors of MANUU were present in the ceremonyProf. Mohammed Fariyad, PRO I/c & Head, Dept. of MCJ convened the programme.

Shri Mumtaz Ali also launched the silver jubilee logo prepared by IMC team for silver jubilee celebrations of MANUU.  Shri Mumtaz Ali & Prof. Ainul Hasan  also presented certificates to IMC team of award winning films “Nawa-e-Sarosh – Mirza Ghalib” (Mirza Ghalib – Voice of Angel) and  “Transforming India”. 

Later in the afternoon, the Chancellor also presided the inaugural session of the webinar on International Mother Language Day organized by School of Languages, Linguistics & Indology, MANUU in collaboration with Department of Linguistics, Aligarh Muslim University, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi and GLA University, Mathura.

In his presidential remarks, Mr. Mumtaz Ali said mother tongue usually means origin of language and Mothers day is like International language day. Teaching and learning in mother language is a revolution in education system.  The language in which we think is our mother language, it is the thought process.  

Prof. Syed Ainul Hasan, in his address said NEP 2020 provides ample opportunities to learn and students have possibilities to have education in their mother language. One should read and write in their language of communication. In India most of us are bi-linguists, and what is our language of communication should be our mother language, he opined.

Prof. V.K. Malhotra, Member Secretary, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi informed that out of 270 mother lanuguages only 47 languages are used as medium of instructions. Having education in mother tongue empowers students for better studies and also improves ability to learn new languages.

Prof. Anup Kumar Gupta, Pro Vice-Chancellor, GLA University, Mathura said multilingual, muti -cultural societies exist to their languages which translates and preserve traditional knowledge and culture in the sustainable way. We should think of starting a centre for preservation of mother language in our universities and in our countries and stop them from becoming extinct, he advised.

The convenor webinar, Prof. Syed Imtiaz Hasnain, Department of Linguistics, AMU also addressed the inaugural.

Prof. Mohd Farooq Bakhshi, Head, Department of Urdu convened the inaugural session whereas Prof. Shakeel Ahmed, Consultant, School of Sciences proposed vote of thanks.

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