The Official Language Implementation Committee(OLIC) of IIM Kozhikode successfully conducted a two-day International Conference in Hindi on the topic “Hindi: Bhasha, Sahithyu aur Samskriti ka Sangam” (“हिंदी: भाषा, साहित्य और संस्कृति का संगम”) during 5-6 September 2019 as part of the Yearly Hindi Fortnight Celebrations.
The conference was conducted as a special drive to promote the use of Hindi in the campus, as well as, provide an opportunity to the neighboring community; university and college students and scholars, to participate in an International Conference and create an awareness about Hindi.
Dr. R. K. D. Nilanthi Kumari Rajapaksha, Senior Lecturer Grade- 1, Department of Languages, Cultural Studies and Performing Arts, University of Sri Jayawardanapura, Gangodawila, Nugegoda, Sreelanka and Dr. Umesh Kumar Singh, Hindi Chair, Mahathma Gandhi Institute, MOKA, Mauritius University were the Keynote Speakers for the Conference. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. R. K. D. Nilanthi Kumari Rajapaksha highlighted the love and promotion of Hindi in Sri Lanka. Dr. Umesh Kumar Singh, highlighted the Indian Origin of Mauritius and Indian Culture and Traditions being followed there.
Prof. Deepa Sethi, Chairperson, OLIC & Conference Chair while introducing the conference as well as giving out the insights to the conference, highlighted that it was the first time ever that an IIM has conducted a Hindi Conference.
Prof Debasis Chatterjee, Director IIM Kozhikode, while accepting the proposal of the OLIC to conduct an International Conference in Hindi, said the conference and the topic chosen were in sync with the motto of the institute “Globalizing Indian Thought”.
The Inaugural Session was held in the evening of 05 September 2019. Three Sessions were held on 06 September 2019 with Prof. Promod Kovvaprath, Prof. R. Sethunath and Prof. Herman of Calicut University, Hindi Department as the Session Chairs. Prof. V. K. Subramanyan, HOD, Hindi Department, Calicut University was the Chief Guest for the closing ceremony.
Research papers were presented by Professors of Hindi from Lucknow University, Mumbai University and Central University Kasargod amongst others.
Ph.D scholars of Calicut University shared that the conference provided meaningful insights. The conference had 25 registered participants with 14 participants presenting papers in person and 11 poster presentations. Papers were presented on a wide range of topics to include, poetry, novels, feminism, dalith issues, rajbhasha, journalism, culture, lesbianism etc.