Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla virtually inaugurated an online Indian and foreign language learning course for Members of Parliament, State / UT Legislatures, Officials and their families, organized by the Lok Sabha Secretariat at the Parliament House Complex today.
Along with 22 Indian languages included in 8th Schedule of the Constitution, Online learning classes will also be held for six foreign languages – French, German, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Birla said that language connects people and cultures together. Shri Birla added that democracies should share their experiences best practices and learning the languages of other democracies will help in such sharing. Knowledge of foreign languages helps to bring democracies closer to each other and strengthen parliamentary democracy around the world, Shri Birla noted. Besides, learning languages also boost tourism and trade.
Shri Birla further said that India’s rich cultural diversity and plurality come alive in the many languages spoken in the country. Emphasizing on capacity building of people’s representatives from panchayats to Parliament, Shri Birla exhorted them to learn more and more languages; both Indian and foreign. Shri Birla also appealed to the people to learn at least one Indian language and one foreign language, in addition to their mother language.
Ambassadors of France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Russia and Spain virtually joined the inauguration session and appreciated the initiative of the Lok Sabha Speaker.