Aligarh: BSc student in Computer Applications, Aman Tariq won Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Department of Computer Science online speech contest on “Role of ICT in Localizing and Promoting Matribhasha” . The competition was organized to mark the observances of “International Mother Language Day” and to celebrate linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
Ahmad Raza Shibli (B.Sc Computer Applications) took second place and Ariba Khan (BSc Computer Applications) received the consolation prize.
Congratulating the winners, Prof. Aasim Zafar (Chair of the Department of Computer Science) underlined the need to promote mother tongues and underlined the role that information and communication technologies can play in this.
He also distributed certificates to the winners.
Faculty members Dr. Shafiqul Abidin, Dr. Swaleha Zubair and Dr. Mohammad Sajid pointed out that programs such as the speech contest held to mark International Mother Language Day help raise awareness of the need to preserve and protect languages and dialects.
Dr. Swaleha Zubair, Dr. Faisal Anwer and Dr. Mohammad Sajid were part of the jury that judged and announced the results of the competition.
Dr Mohammad Nadeem, Ayesha Abdulla and Fayeza Zubair coordinated the event.
In the remarks of International Mother Language Day to the Department of Physics, Professor BP Singh (Chairman) said, “The idea of celebrating International Mother Language Day first came from Bangladesh. The General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO decided to celebrate February 21 as International Mother Language Day in November 1999″.
He was talking about the Bengali language movement in Bangladesh and the role of academics in promoting scientific and technical communications in mother tongues.
Professor Isar A Rizvi spoke about the need to promote and protect various indigenous languages, Dr Sudhir K Gupta discussed the origins of various indigenous languages, Dr Abbas Ali shared interesting aspects of communication in the mother tongue, Dr. SSZ Ashraf and Dr. Noor Alam recited poems to mark On this occasion, Dr. Jai Prakash explained how to overcome the challenges of effective science communication in native languages, Haseeb Azmi discussed cultural diversity and the multilingualism and Faisal stressed the need to preserve all languages.
At the Department of Commerce, Professor Nawab Ali Khan (Chairman) pointed out that languages are not just a means of communication, but represent a vast cultural and intellectual heritage.
He was talking about the promotion and application of mother tongues during the observances of International Mother Language Day.
Dr. Naghma Azhar (programme coordinator) emphasized the importance of mother tongues in understanding diverse cultures.
Dr Naghma Azhar and Dr Aslam Khan also spoke about promoting linguistic and cultural diversity.
The occasion was celebrated at the Department of Library and Information Science with faculty members giving speeches on the importance of mother tongue and Indigenous languages across the country.
Professor Nishat Fatima (Chair, Department of Library and Information Science) spoke on the use of mother tongues in religious and other texts and the need for pioneering work in mother tongues.
Students from various linguistic backgrounds delivered speeches and recited poetry in the Kashmiri, Urdu, Bengali and Pahari languages.
Dr. Muzamil Mushtaq led the program, which was attended by faculty members, researchers and students.
Ram Das, Dr L Anupriya, Dr Marimuthu, Dr Mohammad Arman Khan and Adeela Majid have been declared the winners of the ‘Mother Tongue’ Essay Writing Competition held to observe International Mother Language Day at the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery. oral facial, ZA Dental College.
Celebrations on this day serve to remind us of the importance of language as a cultural asset and all activities to observe the occasion will help raise awareness of the importance of protecting and preserving mother tongues, said Prof. GS Hashmi (Chairman of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery).
Dr. Aafiya Ambereen led the program.
Suhail (Class VIII), Bharti Yadav (Class V) and Alfia (Class VI) ranked first, second and third respectively in the essay writing competition held to observe International Mother Language Day at Ahmadi School for the visually impaired. The competition was judged by the teacher, MP Singh.
In other cultural activities, Sirajuddin Shiekh (Music Teacher) performed Bengali and Bhojpuri songs and students Showkat (Class IV), Preeti Kumari (Class X) and Abhishek (Class VI) sang Kashmiri folk songs, of Rajasthan and Hindi.
Dr. Naila Rashid (school principal) explained the importance of mother tongue in early childhood education.
School teachers, Eram Fatima and Babloo Kuraisi also gave speeches on mother tongues.
S Ahtasham Akbar extended the vote of thanks.
Essay-writing and poster-making competitions were also held at Abdullah School for the Mother Language Day celebrations.
The school superintendent, Umra Zaheer, explained the use of technology for multilingual learning challenges.