Panaji, February 17, 2019 … The Directorate of Higher Education, Government of Goa in collaboration with Sahitya Academi, New Delhi and in association with Government College of Arts and Science, Khandola, Goa has organized a Seminar on “Silver Jubilee of Inclusion of Konkani in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution (1992-2017)” on February 18 and 19, 2019 at Multipurpose Hall, Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa, Patto, Panaji-Goa.

This seminar will review the literacy and linguistic scenario of Konkani after its inclusion in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution  from 1992 till date and will decide the future course of action for the enrichment of Konkani Language and Literature.

The Two days Seminar will be inaugurated by renowned writer Adv. Uday Bhembre, Dr. K.Sreenivasarao, Secretary, Sahitya Akademi and Prasad Lolayekar, Director, Directorate of Higher Education, Government of Goa will be the guest of honor. Dr. Bhushan Bhave, Convenor, Konkani Advisory Board, Sahitya Akademi will preside over the function.

First session will be on the topic ‘National Recognition Movement of Konkani. a Review will be presided over by Senior writer  Shri Pundalik Naik, Tomazinho Cardoso, N. Shivdas and Dr. Hanumant Chopdekar will present papers.

Second session will be on the topic ‘Benefits of inclusion of Konkani in  the Eighth Schedule, Expectations and Reality. It will be presided by Nagesh Karmali, while Prakash Kamat, Dr. Prakash Vazrikar and Gokuldas Prabhu will present papers.

Third session on the topic ‘Konkani at National Level, today and Tomorrow will be presided by Dr. Tanaji Halarnkar and Dinesh Manerkar, Narayan Desai and Anil Pai will present the papers.

On the second day, the fourth session on the topic ‘Eighth Schedule and Konakani w.r.t. Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra ‘ will be presided by Payyanur Ramesh Pai and the papers will be published by Melwyn Rodrigues , Valley Quadros and Paul Morais.

Fifth session titled ‘Contribution of Literacy and Linguistic Institutions to Konkani will be presided by Basti Vaman Shenoi and Chetan Acharya , Prakash  Parienkar and Fausto D’Costa will present papers. This session will be moderated by Shashikant Punaji.

Sixth and the last session on the topic ‘Konkani Language, Literature Education and Culture, towards a bright future, will be presided over by Dr. Nandkumar Kamat. Dilip Borkar, Hema Naik and Sandesh Prabhudessai will present their papers in the session.

Shantaram Varde Valaulikar, well known Writer has been invited to deliver a talk at the concluding session.

Anant Agni will be the anchor of the programme, while Anju Sakhardande and Pranita  Naik will be the rapporteur.

The seminar will be attended by more than 100 academicians, teachers and students from all over the state.


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