Panjab university announces: Brush up on your Punjabi language before you enter Panjab university, since Panjab university has announced some changes in its system. The signboards on the varsity campus may soon have these words like ‘jathedar,’ ‘satth,’ and ‘taksal’. Students of the varsity have filed a new list, prepared by Joga Singh, professor at Punjabi University, Patiala, for approval. A letter sent to Mahtab Singh, the student who was leading the agitation for bringing back Punjabi on signboards on the campus, reads, “The word ‘dean’ is an English word, which was earlier used for the head of ten people. However, today the meaning does not remain the same.Now the English words which were used in the campus have been changed. The letter has a list attached to it which suggests the word ‘jathedar’ to be used for ‘dean.’ The term ‘Bhojan Vehda,’ has been suggested for mess, ‘chah-paani vehda’ for the canteen block and ‘paarha gaah’ or ‘satth for student centre. Also suggestions are being provided for other words like department to be called as ‘taksal and the academic chairperson as ‘manjidar’ or pirhidar.’ The question, however, remains whether it will be accepted or not. A committee, headed by Professor Yog Raj Angrish of the department of Punjabi at PU, has been formed to look into the matter.
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