The newly constructed building of the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan at Mawdiangdiang, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya was inaugurated by Union Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday. The inauguration was done in the presence of the chief minister of Meghalaya, Conrad K Sangma.
Dharmendra Pradhan also expressed his gratitude towards the Meghalaya government for providing assistance for setting up the institute which included the land requirements.
Union Education Minister on NEP 2020
Addressing the occasion, Pradhan said, “This institute will work for the benefit of teachers of Hindi and people eager to learn and do research in the language and will cater to states of Meghalaya, Tripura, and Mizoram.”
Explaining the salient features of the NEP 2020, the union education minister went on to say, “NEP 2020 is a visionary approach to transform the education landscape of the country and to achieve the realistic goal and to percolate its ripple effect to the grassroots.”
Adding to his remarks, he further said that NEP-2020 emphasized imparting education in the mother language at the primary level and the government is striving to achieve the target within the stipulated time frame.
Technology and culture
He further said, “It is because of this beauty of this language that people can share each other’s tradition and rich heritage.”Technology should be used extensively to preserve and enrich native languages so that people can use the internet in their native languages and make people from other parts of the world about their rich culture and tradition,” he added.
Dharmendra Pradhan further remarked that these practices will encourage innovation and creativity among the youths and might show light to the world about many relevant issues concerning the people.
Union Minister on college students in the state
Regarding the culture and heritage of the region, the union education minister remarked, “There are many things to learn from this region, it has a very rich heritage and is strong in natural resources. There have been many good educational institutions coming up in this region including IIM’s new campus.”
The minister further said that it is the collective responsibility of everyone to ensure quality education for Assam’s 3.5 lakh college-going students.
Expanding on the topic, he said, “I have been informed that Meghalaya has around 3.5 lakh college-going students and it is the collective responsibility of everyone to build a conducive environment to ensure their quality education, skilling, raising their employability capability and imbibing inside them the value of fundamental research.”
“The first step towards this effort would be to simplify the process of learning languages,” he said.
Referring to the North-East Education Conclave held in Guwahati, the minister said that it is the mandate of the NEP 2020 to develop and preserve the heritage of the nearly 180 languages and dialects spoken by various tribes and communities
Significance of the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan
Commenting on the significance of the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, the minister said, “In the days to come, Kendriya Hindi Sansthan and English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) will function as a Centre of Excellence and will work with the Government of Meghalaya to preserve and enrich Khasi, Garo and Jaintia languages with the help of technology.”
Book launch and remarks by Meghalaya CM
Dharmendra Pradhan also released two books at the event titled, Samanvay Purvottar Sanchayan and Hindi-Khasi-Garo-Jaintia-English Concise Dictionary.
CM Conrad K Sangma also expressed his happiness for the inauguration of the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan and also remarked that the institute will help the youth of Meghalaya and the entire Northeast region to learn Hindi and also to excel in this language.
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