International Mother Language Day celebrations beginning at the Computer Science Smart Conference Hall, Rajiv Gandhi University along with the rest of the world on 21st Feb, 2021 was concluded after a three day long celebration with a grand function on 23rd Feb, 2021. While Prof. Saket Kushawaha,Vice Chancellor who joined the Inaugural ceremony on 21st February 2021 on-line conveyed his Best wishes for the success of the Matribhasha Diwas celebrations Pro Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University Prof. Amitava Mitra graced the Valedictory function as the Chief Guest and Registrar, Dr N. T Rikam was the Guest of Honor. Jt. Registrar Dr David Pertin, Prof Oken Lego, Dean, Faculty of Languages, Prof Bhagabat Nayak along with faculty, staff, and students participated in the valedictory program. Dr K. C Mishra, the coordinator delivered the welcome address wherein he also highlighted the significance of the day. Dr Mishra pointed out that it was in 1999 that UNESCO declared 21st Feb as International Mother Tongue Day. Stating the historical context of the day, he said that the objectives of celebrating the day at RGU are in keeping with the directive of the Ministry of Education as well as in keeping with the spirit of the day. Dr N. T Rikam in his address stressed on the urgency of promoting and documenting tribal languages in Arunachal Pradesh. He also said that attempts must be made to learn languages from different parts of the country too. Dr Rikam also highlighted the role played by RGU in the preservation and documentation of endangered languages.
Prof Amitava Mitra in his address stated that Mother tongue significantly promoted solidarity, understanding and dialogue in a multilingual society. He said that Mother tongue is the basis for creativity in life. He encouraged everyone to communicate in Mother tongue at home and with family. He also spoke on the importance of introducing mother tongue at the primary level. Prof Mitra ended his address with a beautiful rendition of poetry in his Mother tongue. He reminded the audience of the rich linguistic diversity of India which is to be preserved and documented. He concluded by stressing that one should feel proud to speak in one’s mother tongue at home, office, meetings and administrations.
The International Mother Tongue Day celebration was a three-day affair with various programs and competitions organized throughout the period. Competitions like painting, poetry writing, and essay competitions were organized. The organizing committee also held competitions at the Govt Sec School, RGU campus following the valuable suggestions of the Pro VC and Registrar of RGU, that children were the most important stakeholders in the promotion, preservation and use of mother tongue. The school students also participated at the valedictory function. Prices for the various events and competitions were given away by the Chief Guest and Guest of Honor to the winners. Winners of the song and music competitions performed live on the occasion and enthralled the audience. Members DrDoyirEte, MrPunyoChobin, Mr Ashok Barman, Mr M Maltesh, Dr Rajeev Ranjan Prasad and MrGyan Rai organized the celebration of this important event under the guidance of the Coordinator Dr K C Mishra.