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Restoring mother tongue: Punjabi back on Panjab University signboards

HT started reporting the demand for bringing back Punjabi signboards in university campus from Panjab University students on October 17.

punjab Updated: Nov 04, 2017 14:24 IST
Arshdeep Arshi
A girl looks at the newly painted signboard on the Panjab University campus on Friday. The varsity has started the work of revamping all signboards in three languages, with Punjabi on top.
A girl looks at the newly painted signboard on the Panjab University campus on Friday. The varsity has started the work of revamping all signboards in three languages, with Punjabi on top.(Sikander Singh/HT)

Panjab University(PU) has started the work of painting signboards in all three languages, including Hindi, and English with Punjabi on top.

Head of Punjabi department professor Yog Raj Angrish was appointed as chairperson of the committee created by university administration to look into the matter on October 17. He told HT that work of redoing the signboards in all three languages has started at several locations in the university.

Campaign leader Mehtab Singh said, “We are happy that the work has begun. We are making a report on the translation of words to be used in Punjabi, which we will be submitting in next few days.”

He further said, “The word for ‘university’ in Punjabi is ‘alamchatshal’. We will try to establish these original words. We will continue campaigning until other demands, including three language circular, are met.”

Professor Angrish told HT that the committee will take into account serious flaws on the signboards and words which everyone can understand will be used.

“We will look closely into the dictionaries and refer Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha’s Mahan Kosh for accuracy. However, the words which are already in use and everyone understands, will be left alone,” he added.

HT started reporting the demand for bringing back Punjabi signboards in university campus from Panjab University students on October 17.

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