Punjabi is now language of seven seas : Padamshree Surjit Patar
Two day conference on Concerns and Challenges of Diaspora was inaugurated at Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya in collaboration with International Authors’ and Editors’ Forum, Business Press, U.S.A., Texas USA. This conference is being organized by faculty of languages (English, Punjabi, Hindi) of the college on 27th -28th January, 2017. On the inauguration ceremony, Distt. & Sessions Judge Sh. Raj Shekhar Attri presided over the function. Padamshree Dr. Surjit Patar was the Chief Guest during inauguration ceremony. Sh Ajaib Singh Chatha, Chairman World Punjabi Conference, Toronto, Canada, Dr. Dalbir Singh Dhillon, Director World Punjabi Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr. Satish Kumar Verma, Professor, Punjabi University, Patiala, Brig. Inder Mohan Singh Parmar and Mr. Rahul Saini, Popular Fiction Writer were the Guests of Honour. Principal Prof. Dr. (Mrs.) Ajay Sareen welcomed the guests with bouquet of flowers. She said that HMV is a centre of education that actively participates in the global discussions on issues of concern. This conference is an interdisciplinary conference which has been organized to explore myriad aspects of fast proliferating discipline of diaspora. Principal Dr. (Mrs.)Ajay Sareen also congratulated DAV fraternity on Padamshree Award being conferred on Dr. Punam Suri, President DAV College Managing Committee on eve of Republic Day. All the guests gave a standing ovation in absentia to Dr. Punam Suri.
The concept note of the conference was given by Dr. Adarsh Khanna, Convener (English) of the conference. The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Rana Nayar from Panjab University, Chandigarh. His topic was ‘Description of 3 Post Colonial Kathas with reference to Videshi Punjabi Fiction’. The first Katha deals with the interaction between the teacher student in our context invariably takes on the form of a colonial rather than a post-colonial encounter. The second Katha referred to institution and market-driven practices that facilitate & obstruct the promotion of post-colonial theory in our institutions. The third Katha seeks to unfold the complex negotiation between capital and labour, desi and videshi in post-industrialized ‘global context’.
Padamshree Surjit Patar Ji discussed the importance of Punjabi language in our life and said that Punjabi is now a language of seven seas. He recited a song ‘Ajj mere kolon kach da gilas tuttiya’ and mesmerized the audience. Distt. & Sessions Judge Mr. Raj Shekhar Attri said that diaspora is dynamic because we are marrying our daughters with NRIs. We need a legal cell to resolve their problems. On this occasion, a Book Readers Club was also launched by college in collaboration with Popular Fiction Writer Mr. Rahul Saini’s mindrain.org. Sh. Arvind Ghai, Secretary DAVCMC delivered vote of thanks. Stage was conducted by Mrs. Ramnita Saini Sharda and Mrs. Veena Arora. In the second part of the conference, Sh. Ajaib Singh Chatha, Chairman World Punjabi Conference, Toronto Canada discussed the reasons and problems of diaspora and also suggested some solutions for that. Dr. Dalbir Singh Dhillon, Director World Punjabi Centre, Punjabi Univ. Patiala shared his personal experiences related to diaspora and said that we can progress by positively utilizing Punjabi language at global level. Dr. Satish Kumar Verma, Professor Punjabi Univ. Patiala related diaspora with a girl and said that girl has to go to another house after marriage. He also discussed various issues related to diaspora.
On the first day of the conference, four parallel technical sessions were held. The technical sessions were chaired by Dr. Mrs. Usha Bande, Former Principal, H.P. University and Famous Writer of Hindi, English and Marathi Diaspora, Dr. Anoop Vats, Principal DAV College, Ajmer, Dr. Darya, Punjabi Deptt., GNDU Amritsar and Mr. Sawarnjit Savi, Famous Artist and Poet, Ludhiana. Mr. Karan Ajaib Singh Sangha from Canada was the Guest of Honour. On the first day, in four technical sessions, about 50 papers were presented.
The guest visited Saada Virsa Saada Maan, Library and Performing Arts Department of the college. Mrs. Kawaljit Kaur, HOD Punjabi and Mrs. Veena Arora welcomed the guests in Heritage Centre.
On this occasion, Mrs. Mamta, Mrs. Kranti Wadhwa, Mrs. Archana Kapoor, Dr. Jyoti Gogia, Mrs. Kuljeet Kaur, Mrs. Veena Arora and other faculty members were also present.