Aligarh : The ‘Hindi Diwas’ was celebrated across various departments, colleges and schools of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to commemorate the day when Hindi was adapted as the official language by the Constituent Assembly in 1949.
In the week-long ‘Hindi Diwas’ celebrations that began on September 14 (Wednesday) at the Department of Hindi; noted Hindi writer and critic, Dr Namita Singh remarked: “The heroes of the Indian Freedom Struggle directly linked Hindi with national unity. Acharya Vinaba Bhave and Mahatma Gandhiji made the Freedom Movement a mass movement and Hindi as the link language”.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Mohammad Gulrez pressed for the promotion of Hindi language and the Devanagri script across the world.
“The Government of India is making effective efforts to make Hindi as one of the official United Nations (UN) languages. The UN recently adopted an India-sponsored resolution on multilingualism mentioning the Hindi language for the first time”, said Prof Abdul Alim.
Prof Tasneem Suhail delivered the welcome address and Prof Shambhunath conducted the programme.
Prof M Shahul Hameed presented the report on the series of events that are scheduled to take place in the week-long Hindi Day celebrations.
Prof Iffat Asghar extended the vote of thanks.
At the College of Nursing, Prof Rakesh Bhargava (Dean, Faculty of Medicine) flagged off a rally of nursing students and faculty members to mark the Hindi Diwas.
“Hindi Diwas reminds us of the importance of our National language and it must be valued and respected”, said Prof Rakesh Bhargava.
Prof Farah Azmi (Principal, Nursing College) called for increasing the spirit of the development of the Hindi language among masses.
Slew of activities marked the Hindi Diwas celebrations at the Begum Azizun Nisa Hall.
Prof Subuhi Khan (Provost) discussed the need for promoting the Hindi language and Indian culture all over the world.
The Chief Guest, Dr Nazish Begum pointed out that the Government is making all efforts to promote use of Hindi in diplomacy to raise the stature of the language globally.
Dr Deeba and Dr Zeba Azmat spoke on the need for celebrating the Hindi Diwas.
Priyanka Sharma, Gulshan and Amandeep Kaur recited poems.
Similarly, students and teachers of the ABK High School-Girls marked the Hindi Diwas with a host of activities.
“Hindi is the fifth most spoken language among the total languages spoken in the world and besides India, the language is also spoken in other South Asian countries such as USA, UK, Germany, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad, Mauritius, and South Africa”, said U N Nazleen.
Dr Farhath Parveen conducted the programme and extended the vote of thanks.
At the Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh City School, students observed the occasion with gaiety and fervor.
Syed Tanweer Nabi (School Principal) spoke about the important Hindi writers like Kaka Kalelkar, Maithili Sharan Gupta, Hazari Prasad Dwivedi and Seth Govindadas.
Dr Zulfiqar discussed the rising popularity of Hindi language across the globe.
Similarly at the AMU City Girls School, the Chief Guest, Dr Pankaj Parashar (Department of Hindi) remarked: “The culture of land is identified with the National language. There are more than 780 languages in India and Hindi has been the most popular language for centuries”.
Dr Md Alamgir (School Principal) pressed for contributing actively with commitment to promote Hindi language all over the world.
Darakshan Nayyar also discussed promotion of Hindi language.
At the STS School, the Chief Guest, Prof Abdul Alim discussed how Hindi language unified the masses at the time of the freedom struggle.
“Mahatma Gandhiji always believed that Hindi would unite the entire Country and actively advocated the use of Hindi for Nation-building”, said Prof Faisal Nafees (Principal, STS School).
Dr Naseem Ahmed extended the vote of thanks.
Students and teachers of the AMU ABK High School Boys also observed the Hindi Diwas with a series of lectures and other events.
Dr Sameena (School Principal) talked about the contributions of Rajendra Simha, who worked tirelessly towards making Hindi the official language of India.
School teachers Firoz Khan, Haseeb Ur Rehman and Fatima Khatoon delineated the history of the Hindi Diwas.