JAMMU, Jan 12: A five-day meet of experts from various fields including Botany, Agriculture and Dogri language for preparation of Fundamental Glossary of Botany in Dogri commenced today here in the Department of Botany, University of Jammu (JU).
The meet is being organized by Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology (CSTT) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, as a part of action plan for promoting science among the masses, both urban and rural.
On the occasion, Dr Dharminder Kumar, Assistant Director, CSTT, MHRD, New Delhi, outlined the objective of such meets and explained that through such innovative and creative programmes, the usage of existing and newly evolved terms and their definitions would finally reach the students, teachers, scholars, scientists, officers etc. He also desired that the proper synchronization be ensured by the States to ensure uniformity of terminology in Hindi, Dogri and other Indian languages.
Dr Kumar further added that it is the endeavour of CSTT to encourage publication of books and glossaries, definitional dictionaries, encyclopedia in various Indian languages for popularization and usage of standard terminology. In this context, fundamental Botany-Dogri glossary would be helpful in having effective communication in future.
Earlier, Prof Yash Pal Sharma, the Coordinator of the five- day meet, in his welcome address, informed that since the Dogri language has emerged as one of the coherent basis of understanding cultural, regional and linguistic pluralism existing in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, it is imperative that scientific and technical terminology reach the stakeholders in their own language for better societal understanding and economic development.
Prominent experts who are attending and participating in the meet are OP Sharma Vidyarthi (IFS and Sahitya Academy Awardee), Prof SK Gupta (SKUAST-Jammu), Joginder Chattrapal (Dogri language expert and Sahitya Academy Awardee), Prof Romesh Atri (GDC Boys Udhampur) and Prof Yash Pal Sharma (Head, Department of Botany, JU).