A step towards e-Famous-NorthEast..
The Anundoram Borooah Award forwarded by the Planning and Development Department of the Government of Assam is really praiseworthy. Under the scheme every first rank holder in the HSLC and Madraasa exams conducted by SEBA and AHM are awarded with a PC set. But recently these PC sets has converted into disturbing elements in most households for parents with the children stuck to the nuisance- creating computer games.
For the above reason the department providing the award cannot be blamed. The system of computer education in the primary and secondary schools are to be looked into. Though the Government had almost succeeded in introducing computer courses in a major part of the schools of the state, the complete implementation of such courses remain a failure.
At the time when the student receives his award he must have enough knowledge in operating the PC basically. He must also have a basic knowledge and command over the Internet. These are to be taught to the student at school; only then the student will be able to make use of the PC set wisely.
It is notable that the use of Indian languages in the internet are also gaining momentum gradually. At such a stage it has also become essential for the students to take an active part in contributing for the upliftment of their mother tongue on the web world.
Xobdo.org . At Xobdo one may easily find the meaning of any word in all the North-Eastern languages coupled with their equivalent in the other languages including English.
It is a time when the use of the indigenous regional words are replaced by their equivalents in English and a step like Xobdo comes like a blessing. One may just go to the Xobdo website at http://xobdo.org and search for any word there.
A point that is worth mentioning is that this dictionary is developed by contributions from general public. Any body can become a member of Xobdo and start contributing words. It is not necessary that one must go on thinking for words hard and deep; one may just include the uncommon and unfamiliar words that he/she comes across in his daily life, be it in English or any language spoken in the NE like Assamese, Dimaasa, Karbi, Meeteilon, Tai, Bodo, Mising, Hmar, Khaasi, Kok-Borok, Bishnupuria, Bengali, Garo, Nagamese, Mizo, Deori, Chakhma, Apatani, Ao, Rabha, Tiwa, Monpa, Kaubru (Reang), Sumi Naga, Nepali etc.
BMB, during the talk also praised the active movement taken by e-Jonaki-Jug (ঈ-জোনাকী যুগ). Honoring the great contributions towards ‘Jonaki’, a magazine which succeeded in making Assamese literature take a great leap towards advancement, by literates like Chandrakanta Agarwala, Laxminath Bezbarua; e-Jonaki-Jug is preparing Assam for another such leap. In this Internet Age of today, projects like e-Jonaki-Jug should be the most welcomed.
In the same session of interaction, Mr. Sushanta Kar taught the audience the use of Unicode and typing tools that ease the use of Indian languages including the NE ones in PCs. He said that most of the Assamese newspapers from Asom which has their online versions publish news in an image format. In such a case it becomes impossible for news-readers to find out such news by the topics. He described before the students how easy it is to download regional font-unicodes and use them. He also suggested students to write blogs. Free blogs can be very easily created from www.blogger.com and www.blog.com .
After the Interactive Session everybody bore a feel of ardent zeal. Having welcomed by Mr. Bhuban Gogoi, the principal of the college, and after recieving the felicitation of ‘Fulaam Gamosa’ and a gifted CD by Mr. Rajeev Mohan from Mrs. Manashi Rajkhowa; BMB seemed satisfied by the show of enthusiasm from the audience. Mr. Sushanta Kar, who took the initiative in arranging the interaction also had a sense of content on his face. Mr. Surya Chutiya, member of the editorial board of 'Pragyan' ended the session with an excellent vote of thanks. The group of girls from Womens’ College along with the students of Tinsukia College and other institutions who took part in the interaction also walked out proudly praising the introductory step of fame for their lovely languages.