12 Sep :Hindi Diwas will be observed on Sunday. The day is celebrated on the 14th of September every year. The Department of Official Language in the Ministry of Home Affairs will organize a function here on Sunday in connection with the Hindi Diwas where the President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil will be the Chief Guest. The Union Home Minister, Shri Shivraj V. Patil will preside over the function. The Minister of State for Home, Dr.Shakeel Ahmed will also be present at the function.
A total of 45 prizes and awards in the form of Shield/Cash will be given away on this occasion. These Awards include the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi National Award for Original book writing on Gyan Vigyan, Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Award for Original Book Writing in Hindi and also for excellent work done in Hindi in Central Government Offices. Policy formulation as per the provisions of the Constitution in regard to Official Language is handled by the Department of Official Language. Implementation of these policies is also its responsibility. It has been the motto to propagate the use of Official Language amongst the employees of the Central Government, Public Sector Undertakings, Corporations, Banks etc. through encouragement, persuasion and goodwill.
Publications brought out by the Department of Official Language are another important instrument in the field of publicity of Official Language. A quarterly magazine ‘Rajbhasha Bharti’ is regularly published by the Department. This year a special issue of the magazine on Training is being released during the function.
To impart training to the Central Government employees including employees of Public Sector Undertakings, Corporations, Banks etc., training classes are organized on regular/ part time basis under the Hindi Teaching Scheme. To facilitate the trainees, text books, reading materials, test papers and other training materials are also published from time to time. To modernize the training system and language learning process various Softwares have been developed with the assistance of C-DAC, Pune. These are primarily in the fields of Hindi Teaching through various regional languages, (Lila series) translation from English to Hindi (Mantra) and automating typing out of Hindi dictation/ speech (Shrutlekhan) on the computer. E-Mahashabd Kosh a bilingual, bidirectional dictionary with pronunciation and usages etc. is also being developed by DOL and C-DAC. Continuous efforts are made to improve these language application tools based on the feedback received from the users.