National Workshop on Teaching, Learning and Evaluation of Languages in Higher Education Institutions Issues and Innovations

The Prabodhan Education Society’s Vidya Prabodhini College of Commerce, Education Computer and Management in association with the Directorate of Official Languages, Govt. of Goa organized a National Workshop on Teaching, Learning and Evaluation of Languages in Higher Education Institutions: Issues and Innovations on 10th December, 2016.

Altogether 50 participants colleges and higher secondary schools from Goa and as well as from outside Goa participated in the workshop. The inaugural function of the workshop started with an invocation song by Ms. Prachi Shetgaonkar, Student of B.A.B.Ed of our college. Dr. M. R. Patil, Principal of the college welcomed the Chief Guest, Shri. P.N.Bhate, Chairman of Prabodhan Education Society, Key note Speaker, Dr. Prakash Vazarikar, Director, Directorate of Official Languages, Govt of Goa, Shri. Datta B. Naik, Vice-Chairman and Shri. Suryakant Gawas, Member of Prabodhan Education Society and the participants for the workshop.

In his welcome address he thanked the Directorate of Official Languages, Govt. of Goa for their guidance and support in conducting the workshop. Dr. Sukhaji G. Naik, Vice-Principal, introduced the Chief Guest and the Key-note speaker. Dr. Anil T. Thosare, Coordinator of the workshop presented the outline of the workshop to the participants. He said that the deliberations in the workshop will help us to improve teaching learning and evaluation process.

The workshop was formally inaugurated by the Chief Guest and other dignitaries by lighting a traditional lamp. Shri. Datta B. Naik, Vice Chairman in his address said that he is very happy that college has organized such a workshop for teachers. He said that language teachers have responsibility because language is the medium through which students can learn other subjects. He said that we are a multi-language country and our students therefore should be taught to express themselves in different languages and also learn translation. He also said learning a language is an unending process and therefore teachers should update themselves. He also said that the time has come where we have to start working in a direction where we can make our Indian languages richer. He wished all the teachers and said that teachers should work for overall development of their students.

The Chief Guest, Shri. P.N. Bhate in his address expressed that we live in a place where many languages are used by individuals to express themselves and therefore it becomes difficult to find exact words to explain our younger generation meaning and translations of those words in our languages. He said that language is an effective medium to make sanuskar on children. He urged the teachers and students not to use short form while writing as this affects the writing habits of an individual. Ms. Santoshi Narcevar was the compare for the inaugural function and Ms. Rama Murkunde, Workshop Secretary proposed vote of thanks.

Dr. Prakash Vazrikar, delivered his key note address after the inaugural function. He welcomed all the participants on behalf of the Directorate of Official Languages, Govt. of Goa. In his address he explained how language and culture is very closely related to each other. He said that with every passing day as things get outdated, along with it, at least 250 words of Indian languages destroyed. He said that translation is very difficult task and sometimes it may not convey the exact meaning. He gave example of word in Konkani ‘sushagad’ which according to him is having peace of mind. But, when it comes to translation different people use different words. He said that today cell phones have become disturbing factor in persons’ life. We have stopped discussing history and also moved away from listening and telling stories. He said individuals travelled miles before understanding languages of each other and only got connected with each other with the help of culture. He said if we take effort and work seriously many things are possible and cited two examples of Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly starting business of the Legislative Assembly in Konkani and State Budget being presented in Konkani. He told participants to come forward and work to improve their knowledge and also contribute towards the development of Indian languages in every possible way.

The Resource persons, Dr. Vrunda M. Kelkar from St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa, Shri. Krishnaji Kulkarni from Ponda, Dr. Prakash Paryekar, Head, Department of Konkani, Goa University, Goa and Ms. Asha Gahloth from Govt. College, Khandola shared their valuable experiences with the Participants in different technical sessions on Teaching, Learning and Evaluation of Languages.

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