Minister of state for education Dr Daljit Singh Cheema on Saturday said that Punjabi should be developed by introducing keyboards and fonts of the language.
Addressing the valedictory session of the 7th All India Punjabi Conference at the Punjabi University here, Dr Cheema said Punjabi would be encouraged as the medium for research works, vocational training and other skill-development related subjects.
He stressed on the need for online initiatives to encourage the youth to learn the language. New softwares should be introduced so that Punjabi fonts can be used everywhere, he said.
In the absence of Punjabi typewriters, keyboards should be introduced for the benefit of common man.
He lauded songwriters for popularising the language all over the world, but cautioned that decency should be maintained.
Vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh said the university would sponsor a three-week-refresher-course on teaching Punjabi, to those interested. Certificates will also be provided so that they can teach the language, he said.
The education minister also honoured conference-coordinator Dr Jodh Singh, co-coordinator Dr Baldev Singh Cheema and others. The VC also presented a memento to Dr. Cheema.