Students can gain better knowledge when they learn more languages and hence, they should try to learn as many languages apart from English, Manipur University vice chancellor professor Naorem Lokendra said Monday.
He was speaking during the first day of the two-day national seminar “NEP 2020 and Higher Education through Indian languages” held at Court Hall of Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal on Monday.
The programme was jointly organised by the Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology (Department of Higher Education), Union Education Ministry and the Department of Library and Information Science, Manipur University.
He said if a student or a child learns a foreign language or any other language, then the ability to grasp knowledge can be increased. Even in the present scenario, priorities are given to those candidates who know maximum languages during job recruitment as a skill component, said Lokendra.
English being a global language, a student needs to have a good command of it as it can provide many opportunities not only in foreign countries but also in metropolitan cities of India, he added.
Many scholars of the state have been writing English-to-Manipuri dictionaries. A critical study is needed for those translated words so that people can understand the terminology used by the Manipuri forefathers as compared with the English language, said Lokendra.
Chairman of Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology, ministry of education, government of India, professor Grish Nath Jha; Dean, School of Humanities, Manipur University, professor Nahakpam Aruna Devi also attended the function as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.