21st February, 2018: Two-Day National Congress on “International Mother Language Day” organized by School of Languages and Literatureat SMVD University was inaugurated today in the auspicious premises of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. Prof. Dr. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean, Faculty of Management, was the chief guest of the occasion. Prof. Mukhopadhyay highlighted the prominence of commemorating such events and congratulated the entire team for conducting the first ever congress on this topic, in the region Dr. Amitabh Dwivedi, Head, of the School presented the Inaugural address, highlighting how such events assist in promoting linguistic and cultural diversity. Dr. Anurag Kumar, the convener of the event welcomed the esteemed dignitaries and participants in the celebration of recognizing and promoting multilingualism. The inaugural session was followed by “Meet the Writer” session where in renowned journalist and writer, Mrs. Yogita Yadav presented self-composed short story entitled “Galat Pate ki Chitthi”. Eminent academician, Prof. Desh Bandhu Dogra Nutan presented his valuable insights on “Dogra, Duggar and Dogri”. Further, Prof Sukhchain Singh from University of Jammu had an heartening session on “Ghazals”. Prof Raj Kumar, distinguished intellectual from Central University of Jammu projected the significance of “Matrbhasha se Bhasha ka Vikas”. Dr Radha Rani from University of Jammu presented a self-compose narrative “Janamdin”. Prof Divendra Thakur prominent academician from Ramnagar had an interactive session on “Kesh Dogri Gallan”. “Meet the Writer” session was followed by sessions on various national languages. Dr. Ranbir Kaur, Assistant Professor, School of Languages and Literature presented the vote of thanks.