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5th edition of Gyanodaya Express sets off for North-East

Delhi University’s fifth edition of Gyanodaya Express has set off for North-East with 870 students and teachers aboard.

Dharohar-Gyanodaya Express was flagged off from Safdarjang Railway Station by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Sarbanda Sonowal, MoS Youth Affairs and Sports.

The educational trip started from December 18 and will end on December 29. It aims to enrich students about the culture and heritage of the North east region and will cover all eight northeastern states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.

Besides learning about the culture and heritage of the northeastern states, students as part of trip will also meet representatives of local universities as well as senior functionaries of the North eastern states during the trip.

As a part preparation for the heritage tour, DU earlier had offered foundation courses in Nepali and Bengali, which are widely spoken in Sikkim and Tripura.

After the trip, Delhi University is planning to publish a book, ‘Dharohar: The glory of the Northeast’ on the experiences of the students on the journey as well as the projects churned out by them.

Gyanodaya Express: It was started by Delhi University in 2012 as the ‘College-on-Wheels’ project.

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Government initiate’s scheme to protect Endangered Languages of India

Union Government has initiated a Scheme known as “Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages of India”.

It was announced by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.

Key facts of the scheme

  • As part of this Scheme, all the mother tongues/languages of India spoken by less than 10,000 people will be considered as They will be protected, preserved and documented by the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore.
  • Technology will play key role in the preservation of endangered languages and it will be an integral part of it.
  • Dictionaries and basic grammars in all the endangered languages/mother tongues are prepared in digital format. In addition, talking dictionaries in the endangered languages/mother tongues will be prepared with the help of technology.
  • The cultural and ethno-linguistic aspects of the languages/mother tongues and indigenous knowledge system of the communities will be video-graphed and stored electronically for archival and retrieval purposes.
  • A digital map with linguistic/cultural words with actual pronunciation for accounting variation in speech is also part of the scheme.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has also prepares guidelines in order to provide assistance for establishment of Centre of Endangered Languages in Central Universities.

In this regard, UGC has accorded approval to 9 Central Universities to establish these centres and allocated Rs.50.00 crore.

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Martyrdom day of Guru Teg Bahadur observed on 24 November

Martyrdom Day of 9th Sikh guru, Guru Teg Bahadur was being observed on 24th November 2014. It was on this day in 1675, Guru Teg Bahadur had sacrificed his life in Chandni Chowk, Delhi on the orders of the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

Events organised to observe Martyrdom Day of Guru Teg Bahadur

  • In Punjab, main religious congregations were being organised at Anandpur Sahib in Ropar district where Guru’s head was cremated and in the Gurudwaras which are related to the memory of Guru.
  • Community kitchens have been set up at many places. Devotees visited the Gurudwaras since morning and continuous gurbani recitation took place.
  • A special journey known as “Rin Uttar Yatra’ to pay gratitude to great guru has started from Anandpur Sahib, Rupnagar district, Punjab on 23rd November 2014 and it will conclude at Gurudwara Sis Ganj Delhi.
  • Seminars were organized at many places in Punjab and Haryana by the Sikh scholars to apprise younger generation about guru’s sacrifice.

About Guru Tegh Bahadur

Guru Teg Bahadur is also known as Hind Di Chadder– Protector of India. He had sacrificed his life for the unity of the society of that period and to stop religious tyranny under the rule of sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. He became the 9th Guru of Sikhs on 16 April 1664, a position earlier occupied by his grand-nephew, Guru Har Krishan.

He had travelled in different parts of the country, including Dhaka and Assam, to preach the teachings of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru. Guru Tegh Bahadur was executed on the orders of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in Delhi for resisting the forced conversions of Hindus in Kashmir.

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