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August 20, 2019

Sravana 29, 1941

            Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant today released ‘Sassay’, a Peer-Reviewed International Konkani Research Journal and inaugurated the ‘Shennoi Goembab Computer Centre,’ a well-equipped computer unit cum language laboratory in the Konkani Department of Goa University.

The Computer unit which is well equipped with 20 PCs with student-friendly utilities is presented to the department by Asmitaay Pratisthan, Margao. ‘Sassay’ is Goa’s first-ever Peer Reviewed International Research Journal published by the Konkani Department of Goa University. It is a bi-annual journal and its first released edition contains 10 research articles written by Shri. Uday Bhembre, Dr. Prakash Paryekar, Dr. Bhushan Bhave, Dr. Hanumant Chopdekar, Shri. Sushant Naik, Smt. Edna Vaz Fernandes, Dr. Tanvi Kamat Bambolkar and Smt. Bharati Falari, Ms. Krupali Naik and Ms. Nafisa Oliviera.


 Vice-Chancellor of Goa University Prof. Varun Sahani, President of Asmitay Pratisthan Shri. Arvind Bhatikar, Member Shri. Uday Bhembre, HoD of Konkani Department of Goa University Dr. Prakash Paryenkar, Director of Higher Education Shri. Prasad Lolyenkar and Editor-in-Chief of ‘Sassay’ Dr. Kiran Budkule were present on the occasion. These inaugurations were a part of a two Day Seminar ‘Konkani-Hindi Sahityant Bhav Prabhav: Ek Tulanatmak Adhyayan’, organised by Konkani Department of Goa University in association with Department of Higher Education and  Department of Official Language, Govt. of Goa, Hindi Department of Govt College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sankhali and Bihar Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Patna. The Seminar was held on August 19 and 20, 2019 in the campus of Goa University, Taleigao Plateau.  

            Speaking on the occasion Dr. Sawant congratulated Asmitaay Pratisthan and Goa University for their achievements. “The Government, he said, spends more than 6% of its money on Education and will continue to do so. To encourage youngsters to participate in the democratic system this Government is planning to have Late Manohar Parrikar School of Law and Governance in the University Campus. Provision is already made for this institution in the budget,” the Chief Minister informed.  

He added that students must be encouraged to answer administrative Exams such as GPSC and UPSC in Konkani. “More and more students should try to answer competitive exams in Konkani. By doing so, we can take our language and our culture one step ahead. We must also need to think about a ‘Rajyageet’, a song depicting our heritage and can become our identity. Our Konkani scholars and poets can take this opportunity to do so. We must also need to identify a Goan item other then Cashew nuts which we can endorse and present to our guests from another part of the world,” the Chief Minister opined.

            Earlier, the gathering paid homage to late Konkani writer Shri. Shantaram Walaulikar. Dr. Prakash Paryekar in his welcome address informed that the Konkani Department of Goa University, in association with Department of Tribal Welfare, is planning to document languages and dialects of tribal communities in the state. The Konkani Department will also launch a Certificate Course in Spoken Konkani for its non-native speakers. The first batch of the Course will commence from September 1, 2019, he informed.

            Shri. Arvind Bhatikar briefed about the work of Asmitaay Pratisthan in Goa while Shri. Uday Bhembre spoke about the need for Konkani Research Journals for the betterment of our future and language. Prof Varun Sahani congratulated the staff and students of Konkani Department for working hard towards releasing the journal. Shri. Lolayekar opined that we must also concentrate on studying the language, its phonetics and other aspects along with studying the literature. Dr. Budkule briefed about the journal.

            Dr. Hanumant Chopdekar compered and proposed the vote of thanks. The seminar was attended by Konkani language teachers and students from colleges across Goa and representatives of Bihar Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Patna.