Mumbai: Bank of Baroda in association with Mumbai University organized a one-day workshop on “Use of Hindi in Information Technology” for Hindi Professors of the University. The workshop was inaugurated by the Executive Director of the Bank Shri Ashok Kumar Garg. The program was attended by Dr. Suresh Rituparna, Director. K.K. Birla Foundation, New Delhi, Dr. Vijay Kumar Malhotra, former language advisor, Microsoft and C-Dac, Pune and Prof. Surya Prasad Dixit, Former HOD, Hindi Deptt., Lucknow University. Besides, around 100 participants including professors and Research Scholars from Mumbai University and Bank’s staff members were present in the programme.
The first session of the workshop started with the welcome speech by General Manager Shri Radhakant Mathur. Prof. Vishnu Sarwade, Head of Hindi Deptt., Mumbai University spoke about the purpose of the seminar in detail. While addressing the participants Bank’s Executive Director Shri Ashok Kumar Garg said, “the growth and spread of Hindi depends on our mindset. Hindi is very simple and soft language and capable in expressing our thoughts and feelings in a very effective way”. He informed that; we at Bank of Baroda, are incorporating Hindi in various products and services being provided by our Bank as well. Dr. Rituparna added that with the advent of technology, our various processes have been simplified, however, we should be careful about its excessive use and misuse.
During the first session, Dr. Malhotra made a detailed presentation on how to use Hindi on various technological platforms with the help of Unicode. He shared about the facilities of various keyboards, softwares, e-learning tools available online viz. LILA (Learn Indian Languages through Artificial intelligence), E-pathsala, BharatKosh, Kavitakosh etc. in detail.
The program concluded with the address of Prof. Surya Prasad Dixit, Former HOD, Hindi Deptt., Lucknow University. While addressing, Shri Dixit said that technology is the need of the hour in today’s era and with the progress of technology, steps should be taken to make Hindi tech-friendly and its linguistic complexities should not be taken as a hurdle. The program was co-ordinated and conducted by Bank’s Deputy General Manger (Official Language) Dr. Jawahar Karnavat and vote of thanks was proposed by Shri Punit Kumar Mishra, Chief Manager (Official Language).