The International Mother Language day was observed today at Lakhimpur Commerce College in North Lakhimpur with calls practice and preserve one’s mother language while learning other langauges. A seminar was organized for that occasion by the Department of Assamese of the college and it was chaired by Dr Lohit Hazariuka, Principal of the college.
Eminent columnist and Head of the Department of English, Lakhimpur Commerce College, Sazzad Hussain attended the seminar as a resource persons. Giving his deliberation over the topic, Hussain said that language was always above religion and other identities. Citing the example of the origin of the International Mother Language day in 1952, he said that people of same faith revolted against the authorities when their mother language was threatened. He also said that the theme of this year of the day—multilingual education, a necessity to transform education was a perfect subject for academics to impart education in native languages.
The seminar was also addressed by Mridushmita Hazarika, assistant professor of Assamese department. In her speech, Hazarika highlighted on the evolution of Assamese language in the modern times overcoming various challenges in the colonial and post-Independent India.
Dr. Manjumani Saikia, assistant professor in Hindi also attended the seminar as a resource person. In her address, Dr Saikia spoke about the evolution of various spoken dialects to a standard language by virtue of literary works. She said that mother languages play a constructive role in nation building.
In his presidential speech, Principal Dr Lohit Hazarika urged the teaching staff of the college to devise new mechanisms to impart specialized education in mother languages. The meeting was also attended by Vice Principal G.K. Chetry, teachers and students of the college. The meeting ended with vote of thanks by Achyut Gogoi, the organizer of the event.