New Delhi, November 5, 2023 (Yes Punjab News)
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC)’s Minority Cell Chairman Jaswinder Singh Jolly has urged Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to start a new distance learning course in Delhi and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) at Diploma, Bachelor’s and Master’s level.
In a letter written to Education Minister as well as Vice Chancellors of Delhi and IGNOU University, Jaswinder Singh Jolly said that offering Punjabi Language courses would be highly beneficial to both the students and the university as a whole Punjabi, as a widely spoken language and an integral part of the cultural heritage of the Punjab region, holds immense significance in today’s multicultural and globalized world.
He said that by incorporating Punjabi Language courses into the academic offerings of Indira Gandhi National Open University and the University of Delhi (Distance Learning), we would not only contribute to the preservation of this rich language but also empower our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage with Punjabi-speaking communities and explore various professional opportunities.
He said that starting Punjabi Language courses would provide students with an invaluable opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant Culture, literature, history, and traditions associated with the Punjabi-speaking world. It would promote cultural diversity and foster a deeper appreciation for linguistic heritage.
He further stressed that with Punjabi being spoken by millions of people worldwide, proficiency in this language can open doors to various career paths. Industries such as tourism, hospitality, media, translation, and international relations increasingly value individuals with multilingual skills and the inclusion of Punjabi Language courses would cater to this demand
He also said that the introduction of Punjabi Language courses would encourage research and academic pursuits in areas such as linguistic literature, cultural studies, and history. It would attract scholars and experts, thus fostering intellectual growth and establishing the university as a centre of excellence in Punjabi Language studies.
He expressed confidence that this language program would contribute significantly to the university’s academic portfolio and overall reputation.
He extended all assistance in any capacity to support the development and implementation of these courses and informed that they have a network of expert Punjabi language instructors who are eager to collaborate and share their experiences. Additionally, he can also help raise awareness and garner student interest through information sessions, cultural events, and promotional activities.