The first regional conference on ‘Future of Konkani Language’ was held in the conference hall of the Tiatr Academy Goa at Campal Trade Centre, Campal, Panjim on November 20. Three papers were presented and thoroughly discussed.
The first one was on ‘Status and future of Konkani language in Goa’ in which Goan Konknni Akademi vice president Vincy Quadro brought before the delegates the existing scenario of Konkani in Goa. Director of Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr Dr Pratap Naik SJ moderated the session.
The second was on ‘Scripts of Konkani language - Issues and solutions’ which was read by Eric Ozario from Mangalore. The session was chaired Dalgado Konknni Akademi president Premanand Lotlikar. The 3rd paper on ‘The status of Konkani at national and international level’ was dealt with by Tiatr Academy president Tomazinho Cardozo and the session was chaired by prominent Konkani poet Yusuf Sheik.
Every session was followed by an interaction between the participants and the paper readers, during which several suggestions came to the fore on the ways and means to preserve Konkani language.
Some important resolutions taken during the conference:
Sahitya Akademi New Delhi must give Annual Literary Awards for books in all scripts of Konkani and not in any one particular script.
Kala Academy must have a separate category for selecting books for Literary Awards in Konkani in Roman script.
Government of Goa must give option to teach Konkani in Roman Script in the educational institutions.
Government should amend the Official Language Act to give equal status to Konkani in Roman Script.
Earlier the conference was inaugurated by veteran Konkani literary figure Fr Vasco Rego, who urged everyone to make use of Konkani in one's day-to-day life, including different kinds of social events and occasions.