With an objective to celebrate the official language Hindi, and promote its usage across the Institute, IIM Indore celebrated Hindi Diwas on September 14, 2016 by inaugurating a Hindi Fortnight, which had various competitions for the entire IIM Indore community. The Hindi Fortnight concluded on September 28, 2016 with the prize distribution ceremony for all the competitions held during the event. The concluding ceremony was marked by the presence of Shri Kailash Chandra Pant, a renowned scholar and Mantri Sanchalak, Madhya Pradesh Rashtriya Bhasha Prachar Samiti, Bhopal along with Professor Rishikesha T. Krishnan, Director, IIM Indore.
Mr. Jainath Yadav, Hindi Officer, IIM Indore welcomed the guest and the participants and gave the briefing of all the events held during the fortnight. He said that all the competitions conducted witnessed a huge participation from not only the students, but also staff and family members of the faculty. Hindi Antakshari, Hindi Solo Song and Hindi Quiz were among the most hyped competition of the Fortnight which brought together students from various courses, staff members from various departments and the family members of the faculty together to spend time together and learn and know each other skills as well.
Col. K.T. Udupa (Retd.) then mentioned that although efforts are being successful in implementing Hindi as an official language, we still have a long way to go. He also congratulated the participants and the winners, and appreciated the Hindi Committee at IIM Indore for successfully organizing the Hindi Fornight.
Shri Pant then addressed the audience. He noted that the two departments in India which essentially require and can help officiate Hindi language are the Railway Department and the Army. ‘These two departments have people which come from different regions of the country, and if there isn’t a common language, the management would not work properly’, he said.
He said that Hindi is the soul to being Indian. A person should always feel free from inside and say what his heart says, without any compromises or hesitation. Hindi is a language which gives us life, which is something we derive from our mother-land is which is embedded in our spirits. ‘When an Indian visits a foreign country, he wouldn’t mention which state he belongs to, rather he would just mention that he is from India. And India is known for Hindi, and that defines an Indian’, he said. Hindi is the language which touches our feelings, just the way saying ‘maa’ creates more deep impact than saying ‘mom’ or ‘mum’, he explained. We should now start using Hindi more often on our own, not as just because there are rules and regulations for using it as an official language, he concluded.
Professor Rishikesha T. Krishnan congratulated the winners and the participants who enthusiastically took part in the fortnight.
The event concluded with a prize distribution ceremony.