Amritsar, September 25
Keeping in mind the growing importance of foreign languages like German, GNDU organized a special session on the popularity of foreign languages. Professor SS Behl, Dean of Academic Affairs, said in his address that knowing a language opens new perspectives for learners, because language learning encompasses not only phonetic, morphological, lexical and syntactic aspects, but also the culture, traditions, conventions and rituals associated with the language community.
“Multilingualism is a huge asset in our global world, which can go a long way in building bridges between nations, ethnicities, races and religions,” Prof. SS Behl said during the inaugural session of the information seminar of the Goethe Institute, in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Languages, GNDU.
Dr. Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, MLA Amritsar North, who is a multilingual himself, emphasized the importance of multilingualism in contemporary times.
Seminar on the rights of women with disabilities
To highlight the problem and discuss the reasons and solutions for gender discrimination, a national seminar was organized by the Department of Sociology of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), in collaboration with the National Commission for New Delhi women.
The panel of speakers included Dr. Baljit Kaur, Cabinet Minister, Government of Punjab, Prof. Nilika Mehrotra (Sociologist) from Center for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Prof. Sujatha Bhan from SNDT University, Mumbai , and Shampa Sengupta, founder of Sruti Disability Rights Centre, Kolkata, among others.
Dr. Baljit Kaur highlighted the role of government, NGOs and educational institutions in raising awareness of people with disabilities and in combating social stigma.