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Promoting Punjabi, Sanskrit And Urdu
We will provide second-language status to Urdu and Punjabi. An adequate number of teachers will be employed for teaching Urdu and Punjabi. Research in Urdu and Punjabi shall be encouraged in various Delhi state universities. Study and research in Sanskrit will also be encouraged.
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New Delhi: 24/06/2016 Cabinet approves 769 posts of Punjabi teachers & 610 posts of Urdu teachers · Decision ensures there will be atleast one teacher for Sanskrit, Punjabi and Urdu in every Delhi government school The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting on Friday chaired by the Chief Minister @ArvindKejriwal, sanctioned creation of 769 posts of Trained Gradudate Teachers for Punjabi language and 610 posts of Trained Graduate Teachers for Urdu language, so that each Government school in Delhi may have at least one teacher for instruction of Urdu, Punjabi and Saskrit languages upto the Secondary Level. At present, out of a total of 1024 (Includes 898 Sr. Secondary, 106 Secondary and 20 Middle) government schools in Delhi, Sanskrit is taught in about 98% Schools, Punjabi is taught in about 24% Schools and Urdu is taught in about 25% Schools. In the academic year 2015-16, 28612 students have opted for Punjabi language and 82341 students have opted for Urdu language at the time of admission. The present position is that up to class 8th three languages are being taught, and in 9th & 10th classes, only two languages are taught. The Delhi Education Act, 1973 vide Rule-9 provides for the three language Formula as reproduced below: “In the teaching of languages in class 6 – 10, the Three Language Formula, as adopted by the Central Government, shall be followed.” The National Curriculum Framework of the Government of India provides for the study of three languages from the upper primary stage (6-8) to the secondary stage (9-10). It also provides that the study of the third language should be introduced at the upper primary stage and once introduced, the three languages should be continued up to the end of Class-10. Delhi Government wants to provide the facility of atleast one such language teacher in each school so that students are not discouraged from opting Punjabi and Urdu languages. The Cabinet also decided to form a Society for Excellence in Education to devise systems and approaches for improving and sustaining quality in Education with emphasis on character building and personality. This society is an effort in the direction of bridging all social category gaps in the availability of quality Education to Children up to eighteen years age group.The society will involve professionals in education sector for transforming the education imparted in government school setup. The Society will initially run five schools – two in Rohini and three in Dwarka where new buildings are available.

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The Delhi Sanskrit Academy organized several events in the last year. Some of these include : 1. Organized Summer camps for Sanskrit and Yoga teaching, attended by around 600 persons. 2. A three-day Sanskrit Yuva Utsav (Sanskrit Youth Festival) was organized from 13th- 16th February 2015. 3. An All-India Sanskrit Vidushi (Female Scholars) Sammelan was organized in 2015 in which 200 lady scholars took part. This is one of the first all-female Sanskrit conferences to be held in India. 4. Several other events such as as Sanskrit Folk Dance , Sanskrit music, and Sanskrit competitions for schools were organized during the year. 5. A plan to award prizes to Sanskrit teachers is in process.

The Punjabi Academy, under the guidance of experienced and able officers of Department of Art, Culture & Languages, Delhi has touched new heights during the last one year. In the field of Punjabi Lingual Culture, Punjabi Academy had organized numerous Mega Festivals like Gurbani Gaveh Bhai, Punjabi Baisakhi Mela, Festival of Traditional Music of Punjab & Annual Theatre Festival under "Delhi Celebrates", besides numerous programmes with NGOs and RWAs. The large turnout during these events proves that programmes of the academy are very popular among Delhiites. It has published 9 books on different literary works besides its bi-monthly magazine 'Samdarshi'. The Academy honours authors of literary work every year with its Annual Literary Awards. It has laid a new emphasis on teaching of Punjabi language in schools by providing teachers and text books. The Academy deployed 505 teachers in schools run by Govt. of Delhi, NDMC and MCD benefitting more than 60,000 students. During summer vacations, 5 workshops for children's theatre and folk dances were conducted at various places in Delhi. In order to preserve the rich heritage, the Academy had produced a number of documentaries on well known personalities, traditions and folk lore of Punjab, so that future generations may witness their traditions which are at the verge of erosion. To promote reading habits, Punjabi Academy is running 42 libraries in Slum & JJ Colonies of Delhi for the benefit for under privileged masses where daily newspapers, magazines in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi & English and books are provided to public free of cost. On the 1st Saturday of each month, a literary "Goshti" is conducted where the budding poets, story writers and well known critics of literary world gather at fixed place and discuss about literary activities of Delhi and surrounding states. The first week of January, 2016 was specially dedicated to the cause of women by organizing a 5-day Women Director's Theatre Festival from 4-8 January, 2016 at Sri Ram Centre for the Arts, Mandi House, New Delhi. On the occasion of completion of one year of Delhi Government, Punjabi Academy organized a mega cultural programme and 3-day Gurbani Sangeet Samagam in the month of February, 2016. New schemes/projects proposed to be implemented during the year 2016-17 include : 1. The Executive Sub-Committee of Punjabi Academy has decided to spread its wings beyond Delhi & NCR. The Committee has proposed to organize the programmes in other parts of India and abroad where Punjabi speaking populace is available. Committee also wants to give awards to students who top the college/ university/ board level. 2. To organize programmes in the memory of renowned artists/writers at their birthplaces wherever possible. 3. To organize a programme in memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh on 23.3.2016 at Kharkar Kalan.

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A drastically innovative approach has been worked out by the Sindhi Academy to involve various sections and generations of the Sindhi people. First of all, the Academy tried to infuse fresh blood in the almost extinct Sindhi Panchayats and Associations throughout Delhi. This was followed by special month long summer workshops in Sindhi music, dance and theatre for Sindhi children, which saw the participation of significant numbers of Sindhi youth and children. Other activities include: 1. Sindhi Academy, Delhi organized a National Seminar on “SINDH: Its Historical and Socio-Cultural Relations with Bordering Regions in India” on 4-5 April, 2015 at India International Centre, New Delhi. Smt. Aruna Jethwani, Vice Chairman, National Council for Promotion of Sindhi Language graced the Seminar as a Chief Guest. About 60 eminent writers and poets from all over India and Delhi participated in this seminar. 2. The Academy organized 33 month-long summer workshops for children in Sindhi dance, drama and music in various colonies of NCT of Delhi, with the co-operation of 29 Sindhi panchayats and institutions. The summer workshops were concluded in the form of ‘Sindhi Baal Utsav’, which was organized on 9-12 June, 2015 in Shriram Centre for Art & Culture, Mandi House, New Delhi. Sindhi dance, drama and musical programmes prepared during summer workshops were presented. Dr. M.K. Jetley, Vice-Chairman Sindhi Academy inaugurated the festival. 3. “Jhulelal Chaliha Mahotsav” was celebrated from 16 July to 25 August by the Sindhi Community with great pomp and show. On the occasion of ‘Chaliho Celebrations’, the Academy had sponsored 25 cultural programs of Sindhi music and dance from 16th July to 25th August, 2015 with the collaboration of various Sindhi panchayats and associations of Delhi . 4. On the occasion of Independence Day Celebrations, the Academy organized ‘Sindhi Poet’s Meet’ on 9th August, 2015 at Meghdoot Theatre, New Delhi. Eminent Sindhi poets from various parts of the Delhi were invited. Shri Anand Khemani, well-known writer and critic was the Chief Guest while Dr. M. K. Jetley, eminent scholar and Vice-Chairman Sindhi Academy presided over the function. 5. The Academy organized an all-India seminar on “Rachna ain- Katha: Sindhi Poetry” on 3-4 October, 2015 at the India International Centre. About 50 Sindhi poets participated in it comprising fresh/new voices and senior/seasoned ones from various parts of the country including Delhi. A panel discussion of experts reviewed the scene of Sindhi poetry underlining the modifications with regard to making it more representative and strong in the context of contemporary Indian poetry. Shri Kapil Mishra, Hon’ble Minister for Art, Culture and Languages graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Shri G. Gehani, Vice-Chairman Sindhi Academy presided over the function. 6. Under the umbrella of "Delhi Celebrates" the Academy, organized the “Sindhi Drama Festival ” at Shri Ram Centre, Mandi House. Major Sindhi plays were staged under the able direction of Ms. Julie Tejwani, Shri Ashok Bulani and Shri Prakash Bhatia. Shri G. Gehani, Vice-Chairman Sindhi Academy presided over the function. 7. On the occasion of Republic Day Celebrations, a National Sindhi Poet’s Meet was organized at Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi. Eminent Sindhi poets from various parts of the country were invited to recite their poems on national integration, communal harmony and greatness of the country. Shri G. Gehani, Vice-Chairman Sindhi Academy presided over the function.

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