Amritsar, January 15
In a first, the Higher Education and Language Department of Punjab has appointed a District Research Language Officer.
Baljit Kaur has joined as the first District Research Language Officer. She shared that her role would primarily include undertaking projects to document literary legacy as well as create literary bank of information.
“The post had been lying vacant for many years, due to which the first priority would be to create a literary directory with information regarding all prominent and active literary personalities of Punjabi language from the city. The directory would also have information regarding their body of work and their literary background. It would act as an archive or sort of reference in case it is required. We are also initiating a single literary forum called Punjabi Bhasha Manch that will be hosting literary events, book releases and become a platform for dialogue,” said Baljit Kaur.
Currently, the literary directory has compiled information about 24 literary personalities of the city. Baljit Kaur has earlier been active in the projects of Career Guidance, Buddy Mashal and Child Psychology among other activities related to propagation of Punjabi language for 11 years. She is a well-known author and resource person, who has been honoured by both departmental and non-departmental institutions for her contribution to flourish Punjabi language. She said recently, free Urdu classes being offered by the Department of Languages have been revived post pandemic.
“These classes will be held in the evening from 5pm to 6pm at our office building at SSSS Chowk keeping Covid-19 norms in mind. I will also appeal to forums and individuals engaged in promoting Punjabi literature to connect with us and add to the creation of literary directory,” she said.
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