Khurshid to open conference on mother languages

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, February 20, 2010

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid will inaugurate a conference to mark International Mother Language Day here tomorrow which will discuss, among others, an action plan for developing mother tongues as a medium of instruction in all primary schools in the country.

The conference, organised by the Commissioner of Linguistic Minorities (CLM), is aimed at encouraging multilingualism and facilitating mother languages as the medium of instruction.

An official press release said the conference would also discuss the steps for funding by the Central/State Governments for implementation of safeguards for linguistic minorities and a Communication and Media Policy to make linguistic minorities aware of their rights/safeguards.

The Census Commissioner & Registrar General of India; the heads of the University Grants Commission, the National Council for Educational Research & Training, State Councils for Educational Research & Training and the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore will be amongst those attending the meeting.

Education officials from the Central and the State Governments and representatives of linguistic minorities associations, representing different languages from all over India, will also participate in the event.

The International Mother Language Day is being observed on February 21 since 2000 to foster unity and harmony while ensuring linguistic and cultural diversity to flower and prosper. It was so proclaimed by UNESCO’s General Conference in November, 1999.