@ Vikas Sharma | Sr Journalist
New Delhi: Hindi Excellence Summit (HEP 2020) was organised in Delhi by Global Hindi Foundation Singapore & 3 Catalysts on 11 Jan at the prestigious The Claridges Hotel.
The summit was themed at Role of Language in Indian Diversity and Culture and marked the celebration of International Hindi Day. Attended by many eminent personalities and thought leaders from various industries and professions, this conference has managed to have a lasting impact to provoke thoughts adoption of Hindi as mainstream communication language even in the corporate world, including the start-up ecosystem.
The conference organisers were aligned with UN SDG goals and it was a zero disposable plastic initiative with edible eco-friendly plates and cutlery by “Attaware”, the cloth delegate kit & Souvenirs by “KutDana – By Thread Craft”, and Plants to symbolize growth of language.
The key note address was done by Padmashri Awardee Dr. Mohsin Wali who insisted on keeping Hindi language fun and interesting for next generation to adopt.
While quoting famous Hindi poets from his childhood, he added that it is the most natural thing to relate to Hindi, we only need to be more aware and open.
The first panel discussion was on Role of language in Mass Communication with eminent panelists – Dr. Meenaa Mahaajjan, Sh. Suresh Mansharamani, Dr. Saket Sahay & Sh. Vivek Atray, where all agreed that Hindi is the leading medium for mass communication in India with a resounding difference of 11 lacs to 4 lac impressions for the same content in Hindi Vs English.
The second panel discussion was on Industry 4.0 highlighting that the fact that the market determines its own language and it’s a matter of supply and demand. The panelists for Industry 4.0 were – Ms. Rekha Sharma, Mr. Sourabh Goyal & Mr. Anubhav Srivastava who shared many aspects of role of language in their respective industries, but emphasized that success does not depend upon what language you speak but what skills you have.
The third panel discussion focussed on role of language in education and explored various areas of improvement in teaching curriculum to engage the youth with Hindi and vernacular languages in the right way.
The panelists Ms. Renu Hussain, Dr. Soumya Badgayan & Mr. Sam Baisla who brought out the importance of holistic development of students to better understand the importance of cultural heritage and grow as confident and successful people.
A Keynote by Ms. Vandana Kapoor, Founder Principal of SLS DAV School, Mausam Vihar shared her thoughts on how integration of vernacular languages improves the learning curve of a student and makes them more creative.
She re-iterated the emphasis of language and cultural diversity in the holistic development of children and nation as a whole.
The last panel discussion was on Role of Language in Futuristic Innovations where the Panelists were Sh. Balendu Sharma who laid emphasis on the development of STEM education in Hindi and to empower innovators from Vernacular & Hindi belt to get better support.
Fellow panelist Rajiv Jayaswal shared how small starts can lead to bigger impact and requested inclusion of Hindi Newspapers in our routine. Another eminent panelist, Sanjay Kumar ‘Suryavanshi’, reflecting on his work in Africa and Tier 2-3 regions of India agreed that innovation when not restricted to a single language, can serve the national interests in a better way.
In a special note by Prof. Avanish Kumar, shared his thoughts on how integration of vernacular languages would help in promotion of Indian Culture &Diversity.
He also reflected upon the information about the work Ministry of HRD, Government of India has done in development and translation of Technical information in Hindi for the ease of access and community benefit.
Prof. Avanish invited everyone to come forth and access the resources available freely online to use for promotion of Language for Community Building and national Development.
The unique feature of this Summit was the way in which the discussions on specific key areas, education, mass communication, industry 4.0 and innovation were all conducted in everyday language, thereby spreading the message that the inclusion of languages does not need to be complicated.
The representation from diverse fields including academia, industry, enterprise, services, professions and bureaucracy came together to identify the scope and excitement of working in Hindi to promote Indian Culture & Diversity. Not only this, there was a clear takeaway from each panel of the Summit for which the organizers promise to build solutions by the time we see them again for #HEP 2021.