Chandigarh: In a bid to make sure that each student studying at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46 Chandigarh opts for Punjabi, Prof Pandit Rao Dharennavar announced to give scholarships to students.
The announcement came on Tuesday when Prof Rao was teaching Class XI students. Encouraging students to take Punjabi as their main subject, he said,” Students who will score more than 90 per cent marks in their Class XI an XII will be awarded a scholarship of Rs 1,000 and those who opt for elective Punjabi in college will be awarded Rs 12,000 as scholarship.” Well known for his translation of social and religious literature between Kannada and Punjabi, Prof Rao is the only person from the city who had volunteered to teach Punjabi to school students.
In his lecture, Prof Rao stressed that gone are the days when medical and engineering stream used to be the best career options. Prof Rao said, “The Punjabi language is no less than medical and engineering stream. One should do his or her higher studies in Punjabi as it gives you best job options.”
“Right now each one of us should work in the direction of saving cultural, moral, ethical and historically important Punjabi language,” urged Prof Rao.
He quoted lines from Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s famous poems and stressed that right now Punjabi is being exterminated under the influence of dancing numbers.
Soon after the class got over, Nishanpreet one of the students, questioned Prof Rao as why he choose to learn Punjabi language? Answering to the query, Prof Rao said, “In 2003, I joined as a sociology Professor in Post Graduate Government College sector 46. In my class, about 80 per cent students spoke Punjabi. So I thought of learning the language to have a better interaction with the students. In 2005, I started learning the language.”Prof Rao till now has translated about 12 books from Punjabi to Kannada language.
Sharing how he is going to manage the scholarship money, Rao shared,” Being a Professor I earn Rs 70,000, out of which around 30,000 is being saved for scholarships.”
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