Week-long lan­guage script course con­cludes

The Northlines - - STATE - NL COR­RE­SPON­DENT KARGIL, JAN 11

The con­clud­ing ses­sion of the week-long ba­sic course in Yige-the script used to write Purgi, Balti, and Ladakhi was held at Lan­guage Cen­tre Kargil here today.

Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil­lor LAHDC, Kargil, Feroz Ah­mad Khan was the

Chief Guest and Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil­lor for Tourism and Cul­ture Er Pun­chok Tashi was the Guest of Hon­our. Di­rec­tor CIBS Prof. Kon­chok Wang­dus was the spe­cial guest on the oc­ca­sion.

The course was or­ga­nized by Cen­tral In­sti­tute of Bud­dhist Stud­ies (CIBS), Leh in col­lab­o­ra­tion with LAHDC, Kargil.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the CEC ap­pre­ci­ated CIBS Leh for hav­ing come for­ward to or­ga­nize the seven-day pro­gramme in Kargil. He ex­pressed hope that it will go a long way in re­viv­ing the lost glory of Purgi lan­guage through the adop­tion of its script, Yige. The CEC ap­pre­ci­ated the step taken by Anayat Ali Sho­topa, Copy Edi­tor at All India Ra­dio, Kargil to or­ga­nize such a course in the dis­trict. He said that such cour­ses will strengthen the in­tel­lec­tual com­mu­nity of Kargil in terms of bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the nu­ances of the mother tongue.

Feroz Khan fur­ther added that LAHDC, Kargil will cre­ate a new head un­der the Dis­trict Plan for the de­vel­op­ment of Purgi and its script and en­sure that there is no short­age of funds for such ac­tiv­i­ties. Feroz Khan said that the ini­tia­tive should mark the be­gin­ning of an ef­fort that should in­volve all stake­hold­ers to pro­mote the use of Purgi and asked par­tic­i­pants to come up with new ideas in this re­gard. He declared that LAHDC, Kargil will sign a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with CIBS in the near fu­ture which would be aimed to sus­tain this ef­fort.

The CEC said that this step will help the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment and J&K Academy of Art, Cul­ture and Lan­guages to de­velop a plan to strengthen the use of

Purgi. The CEC also said that LAHDC, Kargil also in­tends to or­ga­nize cul­tural ex­change pro­grammes to pro­mote cul­tural aware­ness and di­a­logues among the cul­tural ac­tivists, writ­ers, and artist from Kargil, Leh, and Baltistan.

Er Pun­chok Tashi, while speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, ex­pressed his thank­ful­ness to Di­rec­tor CIBS Prof. Kon­chok Wang­dus for re­spond­ing so promptly to their re­quest and also for ex­tend­ing the course from seven days to 10 days.

Prof. Kon­chok Wang­dus in his speech said that see­ing the huge re­sponse and en­thu­si­asm from the par­tic­i­pants at Kargil CIBS will or­ga­nize an ad­vanced course at its cam­pus dur­ing sum­mer sea­son this year for the stu­dents rec­om­mended by LAHDC, Kargil.

He ex­pressed his im­mense sat­is­fac­tion at the suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion of the course. Mean­while, the par­tic­i­pants of the course ex­pressed their grat­i­tude to In­struc­tor Dr Kon­chok Rigzin and Re­source Per­son Skarma Junglay for their tire­less ef­forts in im­part­ing valu­able knowl­edge and in­for­ma­tion dur­ing the train­ing pro­gramme.

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