External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated “Panini Language Laboratory” at Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) at Port Louis in Mauritius on Sunday.
The Lab has been gifted by the Government of India and it will help MGI in teaching of all Indian languages in Mauritius.
In her address Swaraj said that similar lab is equipped with all modern technologies and similar facilities need to be build up in India also to promote Hindi and regional languages.
On this occasion Education Minister of Mauritius Leela Devi Dookun and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
Swaraj and Minister of State for External Affairs Gen V K Singh also paid floral tribute to Bapu’s statue at the institute.
Swaraj also called on Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jagnauth. Both the leaders discussed further deepening of special ties between India and Mauritius. PM Jugnauth hosted a banquet lunch in the honour of External Affairs Minister, which was attended by the prominent dignitaries from both sides.
She also met former Prime Minister of Mauritius Paul Berenger on the sidelines of 11th Vishwa Hindi Conference. Mr. Berenger conveyed his condolence on the sad demise of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and recalled his role in strengthening bilateral relations.
Swaraj also met with the leader of opposition of Mauritius Xavier Luc Duval. Both the leaders exchanged views on furthering cooperation between the two countries.
The eminent scholars have stressed upon on refinement of the Hindi language by making it simple and interesting. The delegates from across the globe attending 11th World Hindi Conference in Mauritius underlined the need of developing a software for Hindi which can be available to common people on a reasonable price.
Addressing media in Port Louis, the Chief Coordinator of conference Sanjay Kumar Verma said that during the discussions participants suggested that besides Devanagari, scripts of foreign languages can also be used to teach Hindi in abroad. He also said that basic objective of three-day conference is to connect Hindi language with culture to spread and popularise it in the entire world.
On the second day of the conference deliberations on relations of Culture and Language with films, media and literature were held in four sessions. Renowned Hindi lyricist, screenwriter and poet Prasoon Joshi and other eminent scholars from India and Mauritius presided over these sessions.