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All languages should be given equal importance: VC

N. Rajendran, Vice-Chancellor, Alagappa University, addressing the World Literacy Day in Karaikudi on Monday.

N. Rajendran, Vice-Chancellor, Alagappa University, addressing the World Literacy Day in Karaikudi on Monday.   | Photo Credit: handout_e_mail

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Stating that the UNESCO has announced ‘Multilingualism’ as theme of this year’s World Literacy Day emphasising the importance of literacy and languages, N. Rajendran, Vice-Chancellor, Alagappa University, said all languages should be given equal importance so as to develop them to be useful instruments for the advancement of the nation.

“Giving importance to languages would not only help to improve literacy but pave way for the development of the nation,” he said, addressing the World Literacy Day, organised by the Department of Library and Information Science here on Monday.

He emphasised the importance of reading not only subject books but also history, general books, novels and fictions for widening one’s own horizon of knowledge.

He said that histories of most countries had been written by citizens of the respective countries but to understand Indian history, ‘We need to read the books written by Europeans.’

This was because the scholars in India, though wrote literatures and poems, had not written the history of their own regions, he said.

Kautilya was, in fact, as good as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle but history, legal and political aspects were found more in European writings than in Indian writings, the VC said.

Stating that without literacy, literature could not have been developed to such an extent in India, he said ancient India was very rich in literature owing to literacy. However, the historical evidence was absent.

The recent Keeladi archaeological excavations had given some strong evidence to prove that the Tamils were literates even 2,500 years ago, the VC said. In spite of all developments, still there was illiteracy in many parts of the world, he said and called for serious and continuous steps to improve literacy.

Noted writers J.D. Cruise and Akara Mudhalvan stressed the need for inculcating the reading habits among children, students and general public.

“Unless we read, we cannot contribute substantially to the development of our society,” they observed.

In order to stimulate the reading habits among the teachers, research scholars and students, three best users of University Library were identified and honoured with prizes and certificates.

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