A two days translation workshop on Translation of Children’s books was organized by the National Book Trust (NBT) of India in collaboration with the Kashmiri Department of Amar Singh College Srinagar.
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice Chancellor Cluster University Srinagar (CUS) Prof. Abdul Qayyum said the motive behind preservation of languages can be achieved by proper translation.
“The translation is one of the most important professions as well as passion but it can be put in the right direction after understanding all its aspects. Preservation of any language is important but the motive of preserving the language can be achieved through proper translation,” Prof Qayyum said.
The VC said the government has already established Abdul Ahad Memorial Chair at Abdul Ahad Azad Memorial Degree College Bemina-one of the constituent colleges of the CUS where the University is mulling to have a museum to preserve the Kashmiri language.
“By establishing a museum at the Abdul Ahad memorial chair, we can preserve Kashmiri language, heritage and culture as well,” he said.
The workshop was organized to translate around 20 selected titles of books written for children in Kashmiri language. The selected titles will be later published by NBT in Kashmiri language.
Speaking at the occasion, Registrar CUS Prof Mir Khurshid Ahmad who is also the controller examination of the University highlighted the importance of translation of books on children in their mother tongue. He said the Government of India in the National Education Policy (NEP) has laid stress on imparting early education to kids in schools through their mother tongue.
Principal Amar Singh College Srinagar, Prof. Bashir Ahmad Rather in his address said the spirit of the translation workshop was to make students knowledgeable so that they can also contribute towards the society in future particularly in their regional languages.
Dwijendra Kumar Singh who is the nodal officer of NBT of India for Srinagar in his address said after completing the translation of 20 books by the translators and experts, e (NBT) is planning to publish these books in Kashmiri language by March 2022.