Hyderabad: For the first time in the young history of Maulana Azad National University (MANUU), a senior functionary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Indresh Kumar and three vice-chancellors of Hyderabad-based universities attended a seminar wherein the role of indigenous languages in education was underscored.
The knowledge base in the country could be strengthen and developed if the major educational institutions could impart teaching in local tongues, it was observed by several speakers.
At the same function that was held in the forenoon of Saturday (November 20) Prof Syed Ainul Hasan announced that MANUU would establish a school of study for foreign languages from the next academic year.
At the event on the Role of Languages in the Unity of Bharat conducted by MANUU’s UGC – Centre for Human Resource Development, Kumar emphasised the importance of languages in the national unity. He added that as a country with a large number of ‘recognised’ languages, “We, unfortunately, do not understand the message of unity in there.”
“Your religion has two halves, one, the love for your country and the other your belief system,” he said.
Prof B J Rao, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, described the term “Bharat” which is the constitutional name of India, as a blessing for the universe. He pointed out that a language is not only a vehicle for the communication of ideas but also a mode of transfer of thought processes.