GUWAHATI, Aug 25 - The Royal Global University celebrated �Bhasa Sankalpa Divas� today to promote Asomiya (Assamese), the mother tongue of the people of Assam.
The programme began with the State anthem of Assam O Mor Aaponar Desh�. This was followed by an address by Dr Biswajit Banerjee, Principal of Royal School of Engineering & Technology. He urged the students to feel proud of their mother tongue.
Dr Banerjee also lamented the gradual fading away of all Indian colloquial languages which are being replaced by other languages. He stressed that knowledge of a foreign language or two is always helpful and therefore welcome, �but our children must always keep in mind that it is only upon them that the cultures and languages of the land depend for survival.�
He added that people are becoming slaves of other languages, which is a disturbing development. He also referred to the important directives of the Asam Sahitya Sabha that include making Assamese a compulsory subject in schools and colleges, and using Assamese as the official language in offices and universities.
Prof Banerjee asked the students to take an oath to protect Asomiya as the lingua franca of the land.
In a chorus, Prof Banerjee and the students took the following pledge � �We will learn, write and maintain the identity of our mother tongue Asomiya.�