Bharatiya Bhasha Samiti

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Overview:

Recently, the Chairman of Bharatiya Bhasha Samiti advocated for the promotion of Indian languages in education and stated that textbooks will soon be available in Indian languages on digital platforms.

About Bharatiya Bhasha Samiti

  • It is a High Powered Committee for Promotion of Indian Languages.
  • It has been constituted by the Ministry of Education, Government of India in 2021.
  • Mandate: The mandate of this committee would be to explore and recommend pathways of the holistic and multi-disciplinary growth of Indian languages as envisaged in the National Education Policy-2020.
  • It has also been entrusted to advise the Ministry on all matters pertaining to revitalization of existing language teaching and research and its extension in various institutions in the country.
  • To perform the tasks assigned to it, the High Powered Committee may appoint sub-committees/study groups.
  • The committee may organize seminars, workshops, conferences, and webinars to highlight the need for the promotion of Indian languages.
  • It may also interact and coordinate with any institution of the Central/State Government dealing with teaching, research, and extension/promotion of languages.
  • Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri National Sanskrit University (SLBSNSU), New Delhi would provide secretarial assistance and space to house the High Powered Committee and meet the related expenditure as per the Government of India rules, regulations and instructions from time to time.
  • The SLBSNSU has been also entrusted to appoint consultants and experts/scholars/officials/young professionals on short-term basis and to conduct seminars, workshops, webinars, etc. as per the recommendations of the Committee.
  • Necessary finance towards the same would be provided by the Ministry of Education (MoE) to the University under relevant budget heads.

Q1) What is language?

A language is a system of conventional spoken, manual (signed), or written symbols by means of which beings express themselves. The typical functions of language include communication, the expression of identity, play, imaginative expression, and emotional release.

Source: Multilingualism is crucial, says Bharatiya Bhasha Samiti chairman