Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi
Bangla Akademi main building
|Formation||May 20, 1986; 31 years ago (1986-05-20)|
|West Bengal and Tripura|
|Department of Culture and Information Affairs, West Bengal Government|
Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi, popularly known as Bangla Akademi, is the official regulatory body of the Bengali language in West Bengal. Modeled after Bangla Academy of Bangladesh and France’s Académie française, the Bangla Akademi was founded on May 20, 1986 in Kolkata to act as the official authority of the language and is entrusted with the responsibility of reforming Bengali spelling and grammar, compiling dictionaries, encyclopedias and terminologies and promoting Bengali language and culture in West Bengal. Though the Akademi has no enforcement power over their rules and regulations, yet they are widely accepted by the Governments of West Bengal and Tripura as well as a considerable number of private publishing houses and institutions like the Oxford University Press and the Ramakrishna Mission.
The Akademi is housed in two separate buildings, one at Nandan-Rabindra Sadan Complex (also mentioned as Bangla Akademi-Rabindra Sadan or Nandan-Bangla Akademi Complex during the Akademi festivals and book fairs) in South Kolkata and the other at Rabindra-Okakura Bhaban, Bidhannagar (Salt Lake). Annadashankar Roy became the first President and Sanat Kumar Chattopadhyay the first secretary of the Akademi.
The Bangla Akademi has been successful in extending its activities and programs to different districts of West Bengal and even to other states in India. In Kolkata, the Bangla Akademi organises different programs in collaboration with such bodies like Bangiya Sahitya Parishad, Sahitya Akademi, Publishers and Book Sellers' Guild, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, National Book Trust and also with different universities and cultural organizations.
Bangiya Sahitya Parishad
Bengal Academy of Literature, the first academic association to regulate and promote Bengali language and literature was set up in Kolkata under the chairmanship of Benoy Krishna Dev in 1893. In April 1894, the Academy was reorganized and rechristened as Bangiya Sahitya Parishad, and Romesh Chunder Dutt became the first president of it. Scholars like Chandranath Bose, Dwijendranath Tagore, Jagadish Chandra Bose, Prafulla Chandra Roy, Satyendranath Tagore, Haraprasad Shastri, Ramendra Sundar Trivedi later served the Parishad as presidents. Rabindranth Tagore (Vice-President: 1894-96, 1901, 1905–1909, 1917; Special Delegate: 1910) himself was closely associated to the institution since its inception.
Bangiya Sahitya Parishad is the first academic institution on matters pertaining to Bengali language. It endeavored to compile standard Bengali dictionary, grammar and terminologies, both philosophical and scientific, to collect and publish old and medieval Bengali manuscripts, and to carry out translation from other language into Bengali and research on history, philosophy and science.
Regulations of the University of Calcutta
During the 20th Century, the affairs concerning the promotion of Bengali language did not remain a sole responsibility of Bangiya Sahitya Parishad. As language prospered and literature enriched, a need of linguistic reform as well as an authority to enforce the reforms was felt by the scholars of the time.
In the late 1930s, Rabindranath Tagore asked the University of Calcutta to determine the rules of Bengali spelling and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, the then Vice-Chancellor of the University, set up a committee to look over the subject on November 1935. On May 1936, a standard rule for Bengali spelling was first imposed. These rules were later amended by Rabindranath Tagore and other scholars and practiced at academic level in all over Bengal for next 70 years.
Bangla Academy in East Bengal
After the partition of India in 1947, the people of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) felt a need for a new Bengali linguistic body suiting their new nationality. As a result, Bangla Academy in Dhaka was established in 1955. In 1990, the Bangla Academy enforced new regulations for Bengali spelling which is quite similar to the 1937 regulation of the University of Calcutta.
Unofficial regulators of the Bengali language in West Bengal
In West Bengal, various prominent institutions backed the process of development of the language, but that resulted in inconsistencies in it. For example, Rajsekhar Basu and Ananda Bazaar Patrika tried to simplify Bengali spelling; but instead of rationalize the spelling system; it aroused controversy over the authority of such bodies. Even institutions like Visva-Bharati University failed in the task.
History of Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi
In 1962, the Government of West Bengal started using Bengali for all official purposes. Since then, a need for an official regulator of the language has been felt. In 1986, with the general consent of Bengali intellectuals of the time, Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi, a wing of the Information and Cultural Affairs Department of the Government of West Bengal was set up. Afterward it was converted into a society and registered under Societies Registration Act. On December 8, 1994, it was declared an autonomous Governmental body.
At the time of its foundation, the Akademi had 30 members in its Karma Samiti (Working Committee) and 78 in Sadharan Parishad (General Council) including the government delegation. The Chairman is called Sabhapati and Vice-Chairman is called Saha-Sabhapati. Members, officially known as Sadasyas, remain in the Akademi for life. However, any member can resign from his office by his will. In 2007, after the Nandigram massacre, some of Akademi members including Sankha Ghosh and Ashru Kumar Sikdar resigned from the Akademi. There is also a post of Secretary, or Sachib, who is the chief governmental delegation at the Akademi. The office of the Secretary of the Akademi is held by Sanat Kumar Chattopadhyay since its inception.
The members of the first Working Committee were: Annadashankar Roy (Chairman), Prabodh Chandra Sen (Vice-Chairman, but died after the foundation of working committee), Nanda Gopal Sengupta (Vice-Chairmen), Leela Majumdar, Khudiram Das, Nepal Majumdar, Shubhendu Shekhar Mukhopadhyay, Chinmohan Sehanbish, Pabitra Sarkar, Kanak Mukhopadhyay, Krishno Dhar, Jagadish Bhattacharya, Bhabatosh Dutta, Jyotirmoy Ghosh, Sankha Ghosh, Arun Kumar Basu, Nirmalya Acharya, Ashru Kumar Shikdar, Arun Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Prabir Roy Chowdhuri, Bhudeb Chowdhuri, Somendranath Bandyopadhyay, Bijit Kumar Dutta, Pallab Sengupta, Bhakti Prasad Mallick, Prashanta Kumar Dasgupta, Nirmal Das, Santosh Chakravarty (Later Ashok Dutta) - Director of Culture, Sanat Kumar Chattopadhyay- Secretary (Government Delegate), Amitabha Mukhopadhyay- Officer-in-Charge (Government Delegate).
The members of the first General Council were: (including the members of the Working Committee) Hirendranath Dutta, Manmatha Roy, Gopal Haldar, Debipada Bhattacharya, Sushil Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Gourinath Shastri, Rama Ranjan Mukhopadhyay, Nisith Ranjan Ray, Manindranath Ghosh, Manindra Kumar Ghosh, Dr. Asit Kumar Bandyopadhyay, Rabindra Kumar DasGupta, Haraprasad Mitra, Arun Mitra, Satyajit Ray, Satyendranath Roy, Ajit Kumar Ghosh, Khsetra Gupta, Arabinda Poddar, Nirendranath Chakravarty, Golum Kuddus, Ashin Dasgupta, Khsitindra Narayan Bhattacharya, Saroj Mohan Mitra, Sukumari Bhattacharya, Subir Roy Chowdhuri, Manabendra Bandyopadhyay, Sourin Bhattacharya, Ashok Mukhopadhyay, Malini Bhattacharya, Bratindranath Mukhopadhyay, Manas Majumdar, Mohit Chattopadhyay, Narayan Chowdhuri, Samarendra Sengupta, Amitabha Dasgupta, Debesh Roy, Purnendu Patri, Shyam Sundar Dey, Amitabha Chowdhuri, Shakti Chattopadhyay, Debesh Das, Manas Roy Chowdhuri, Shibendranath Kanjilal, Sabitendranath Roy, Bibhas Bhattacharya, Dipankar Sen, Prasun Dutta, Dilip Bhattacharya – secretary, Information and Cultural Affairs Department.
Now the Akademi works under various sub-committees and editorial boards concerning different affairs. Some of these bodies are depicted below:
Akademi Banan Upo-Samiti or Akademi Spelling Sub-Committee was created to reform and rationalize Bengali orthography. This Sub-Committee includes Nirendranath Chakravarty, Sankha Ghosh, Pabitra Sarkar, Jyoti Bhushan Chaki, Nirmal Das, Ashok Mukhopadhyay, Subhash Bhattacharya, Amitabha Chowdhuri, Amitabha Mukhopadhyay, Sourin Bhattacharya, Prasun Dutta, Sanat Kumar Chattopadhyay, Arun Kumar Basu and Shubhomoy Mondal. On the recommendation of this Sub-Committee, the Akademi did its historical reforms on Bengali spelling.
Another important sub-committee is Paribhasha Upo-Samiti or Terminology Sub-Committee which is entrusted to compile standard Bengali terminology for both academic and administrative purposes. This sub-committee includes Ananda Ghosh Hazra, Alapan Bandyaopadhyay, I.A.S., Krishno Dhar, Jyoti Bhushan Chaki, Nirendranath Chakravarty, Pabitra Sarkar, Sanat Kumar Chattopadhyay, Swapan Chowdhuri and Bhabatosh Tapadar.
Editorial boards are generally founded to edit works of great authors. One of such bodies that compiled the Complete Works of Kazi Nazrul Islam, includes Annadashankar Roy (advisor), Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, ex-Chief Minister of West Bengal (advisor), Kalpataru Sengupta, Arun Kumar Basu, Pabitra Sarkar, Golum Kuddus, Krishno Dhar, Manas Majumdar, Sumita Chakravarty, Bandhan Sengupta, Manas Khanda, Biswanath Roy, Prabhat Kumar Das, Shyamal Moitra And Sanat Kumar Chattopadhyay.
The Akademi is the official authority on Bengali language in West Bengal; although its recommendations carry no legal power — but still the educational boards and the universities of West Bengal and Tripura have deep regard for its rulings.
The Akademi accomplishes all its activities in close liaison with other academic and educational institutions including universities engaged in various aspects of Bengali language, literature and culture. Apart from its own programs, it also arranges programs in cooperation with different such societies. Such activities are not confined to Kolkata only, but also in districts and sub-divisions, even in the other states.
The function of the Akademi was initially settled by a seminar held at Sisir Mancha, Kolkata from 24 February to 1 March. These seminars determined the rationale of the Akademi and proposed to make a design and blue print to achieve its goals.
The tasks entrusted on Bangla Akademi are:
- The rationalization and reform of Bengali script and orthography.
- Compilation of standard dictionaries, encyclopedias and grammars.
- Compilation of terminologies.
- Bridging the gap between Bengali and other languages through translations and other activities.
- Publication of children books.
- Performing research-oriented works on Bengali language, literature and culture as well as arranging scholarships for researchers.
- Distribution of civil literary prizes.
- Publication of publish books on different subjects
- Publication of the Akademi Magazine.
- Preservation of an outstanding library.
- Preservation of a world-class archive and museum.
- To conduct seminars and conferences and cultural festivals and fairs.
Work of Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi
Scholars at the Bangla Akademi work to promote the Bengali language in various ways. They are doing research on spelling, grammar and the origin and development of Bengali. They are publishing works by prominent writers in the language. They have built a large library to preserve original manuscripts. The government of Japan has donated Rs. 500000 for research in the Academy. The government of West Bengal has also given a lump some amount of money. The Akademi is spending the money on the Indo-Japan Cultural Center in Bidhannagar. The Akademi has also developed a Bengalifont designed according to the changes made by them in the Bengali script. The font is available from this link.
Festivals Conducted by Bangla Akademi
Various festivals are being conducted nowadays by Bangla Akademi, e.g., Kabita Utsab (Poetry Festival), Little Magazine Mela (Little Magazine Fair), Kathasahitya Utsab (Fiction Festival), Chhora Utsab (Rhyme Festival) etc.
Awards awarded by Bangla Akademi
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Dictionaries and terminologies
- Akademi Bidyarthi Abidhan (Bangla Akademi Bengali Dictionary for Students)
- Akademi Banan Abidhan (Bangla Akademi Spelling Dictionary)
- Paribhasha Sankalan – Prashashan (Collection of Administrative Terminologies)
- Sahityer Shabdartho-Kosh (Dictionary of Literary Terms)
- Bhasha-Tattwer Paribhasha (Terminology of Linguistics)
- Byutpatti-Sidhyartha-Bangla Kosmh (Dictionary of Bengali Word Origin)
- Bangla Bhashay Arthaniti Charcha Granthapanji (Catalogue of Economic Studies in Bengali)
- Bangla Bhashay Itihaas Charcha Granthapanji (Catalogue of Historical Studies in Bengali)
- Dhatubidya Paribhasha (Terminology of Metallurgy)
- Saontali-Bangla Samashabda Abidhan (A Dictionary of Santali-Bengali Identical Words)
Complete and selected works of legendary authors
- Sanchayita, Vol. II, (Ed. By Arun Kumar Basu) – an alternative anthology of Tagore Poems other than Sanchayita
- Manik Bandyopadhyay Rachana Samagra, (Ek-Ekadash Khanda) - Complete Works of Manik Bandopadhyay, Vols. I-XI
- Manik Bandyopadhyay Kishor Rachana Sambhar, (Ed. By. Parthojit Gangopadhyay) – Collected Juvenile Literature of Manik Bandopadhyay
- Kazi Nazrul Islam Rachana Samagra (Ek-Saptam Khanda) - Complete Works of Kazi Nazrul Islam, Vols. I-VII
- Budhhadeb Bose Prabandha Samagra (Ek-dui Khanda) - Complete Essays of Budhhadeva Basu, Vols. I-IV
- Nirendranath Chakravarty Gadya Samagra (Ek-Tritiya) - Complete Prose Works of Nirendranath Chakravarty, Vols. I-III
- Rezaul Karim Prabandha Samagra - Complete Essays of Rezaul Karim
- Jyoti Bhattacharya Prabandha Samagra - Complete Essays of Jyoti Bhattacharya
- Dwijendra-Giti Samagra – Complete Songs of Dwijendra Lal Roy
- Somen Chanda Nirbachito Galpa Sangraha – Selected Stories of Somen Chanda
- Samparka (Sampriti Bishayak Galpa) – Samparka: Stories on Communal Harmony (Ed. By Ashok Kumar Mitra and Bishnu Basu)
- Bhasha-Bhabna: Unish-Bish Shatak – Thoughts on Language, A Collection of 37 Essays on Bengali dated from 1850 to 1950.
- Prasanga Bangla Byakaran, Prothom Khanda- On Bengali Grammar, Vol. I, (20 essays on Bengali grammar from old periodicals)
- Prasanga Bangla Byakaran, Dwitiyo Khanda- On Bengali Grammar, Vol. II, (Contemporary Essays on Bengali Grammar)
- Saraswat – A History of Bengali Literary Academies (Ed. By Arun Kumar Basu)
- Bangalir Gaan – Songs of Bengal, A Golden Treasury of Bengali Music (Ed. By. Durgadas Lahiri)
- Akademi Pratishtha Barshiki Bhashan Sankalan – Akademi Collection of Foundation Day Lectures
- Akademi Bhashan Sankalan – Akademi Collection of Lectures
- Puratan Gadyagrantha Sangraha – Collection of Old Texts (Ed. By Dr. Asit Kumar Bandyaopadhyay)
- Sangbad-Samayikpatre Unish Shataker Bangali Samaj (Ek-Dui Khanda) – Nineteenth Century Bengali Society in Periodicals, Vols. I-II (Col. & Ed. By Swapan Bose)
- Manaswi Annadashankar – Annadashankar Roy, A Great Thinker (Ed. By Dhiman Dasgupta)
- Bangla Primer Sangraha – A Collection of Bengali Primers (Ed. By Ashish Khastogir)
Students are generally assigned to write paragraphs, short essay or long essay in their schools. Now-a-days, essay writing has been common phenomenon in the schools and colleges. It is followed by the teachers to enhance student’s writing skill and knowledge about any topic. It is also used to get student’s views, ideas and positive suggestions about any topic. We have provided below some paragraph, short essay and long essay on punctuality in order to help students to get their destination very easily. Have a look on the following punctuality essay according to your need and requirement:
Essay on Punctuality
Punctuality Essay 1 (100 words)
Punctuality is the property of any person to be on exact time or complete any task within the given time. A person who always does his/her works on time is called as punctual. Punctuality is the characteristic of a person which makes him capable to handle all the appointments on time. It enables a person to do right thing at right time without any excuse of delay in work. Punctuality is a very necessary trait which must be in all the people. It plays various great roles in every walk of life and benefits a person in many ways. Students must be taught to reach their schools at right time. Punctuality is a powerful quality which can make a person successful and famous personality.
Punctuality Essay 2 (150 words)
Punctuality is a good trait which can be developed at any age however good to develop from childhood; as the nature and capacity of following things reduces slowly with age. It is a quality of doing things promptly at right time. It is a fundamental virtue which always gives it beneficial fruits all through the life. Lack of punctuality in the life causes various harmful effects. It is considered as the best key to success in every field of work. People, who cannot be punctual, get failure in their life. Following are some tips to develop punctuality:
- It needs patience, activeness, and discipline in life.
- A person needs to develop positive attitudes to be punctual.
- It needs much practice and dedication towards work.
- Develop habit to see clock at minimal interval of time.
- Set alarm before sleeping to be on time.
- Develop respect for time.
- Develop habit of maintaining a diary to be on time for every appointment.
- Read encouraging articles on internet to get motivated.
Punctuality Essay 3 (200 words)
Punctuality is a habit of person to do any task on time. It is one of the most important secrets of the success for any person. Punctuality is the most important character of leaders who lead the country or other tasks. Being punctual means to be on time as well as maintains everything related to task in orderly manner in order to complete the task. It is an etiquette which motivates a person to do works in timely manner and keeps him well aware of the importance of time. A punctual person knows well to manage and respect his/her time.
Value and Importance of Punctuality
A person, who is punctual, lives a much disciplined life and gets lots of respect in the family and society. He does all the works on time successfully without any interference. Employees working in the defense system are trained in tough manner to be disciplined and punctual on their duty whether it is raining, sunny, thundering, or other natural disasters. Punctuality leads a person towards success located at any highest point. This quality can better develop from the childhood by the help of parents at home and teachers at school. A punctual student gets love and respect in the family, school and society as well as goes ahead to the destination.
Punctuality Essay 4 (250 words)
Punctuality is one of the most important characteristics of a successful person. A person with this quality can easily complete all his/her task on right time or before time. It makes me really surprised when I think that what will happen if each and every citizen (student, officer, teacher, leader, politician, doctor, engineer, trader, etc) of the country will be punctual. I think, it will surely make all the systems on track and lead the country towards glory and success. Punctuality is an essential trait,
helps people to build bright career. If we have a look on the history of any great man, we know the real facts of their successful life. It enables a person to schedule all the tasks of a day and perform in easy manner on time. Punctual people never waste their time even a minute or second.
Advantages of Punctuality
Punctuality is virtue of a disciplined person. It makes a person more efficient and helps him to go with time. A punctual and disciplined person always becomes happy, fit and healthy. A person with this quality never feel relax without completing his/her tasks on time. He/she wakes up early in the morning, completes all the daily routine tasks and gets involved in the tasks what he/she needs to go ahead in life. Punctual and disciplined people never get failed in their life and always get respect.
Other than human lives, if we have a look on the natural processes (like sun rise, air blow, water flow, moon rise, sun set, seasons arrival, flower blooming, and many more), all happens on right time without getting late even for a minute. All the natural processes are best example to us to learn something about punctuality.
Punctuality Essay 5 (300 words)
Punctuality is a most important characteristic that everyone must have to be a successful person. It makes a person capable enough to complete all the required tasks at already decided time. The word meaning of punctual is ‘on time’. It is very necessary for everyone to be on time. What will happen if a doctor gets late to the operation theatre, student gets late to the examination hall, etc. Everything will get messed up, a student can be out of examination hall and a patient can be dead.
Importance of Punctuality in Student’s Life
It is very necessary for a student to be punctual all time in order to achieve what he/she wants in life. It is one of the noblest virtues which make students more civilized and cultured. Students need this quality to develop as a habit to do things in correct time. Being punctual proves this proverb ‘A stitch in time saves nine’ means doing tasks within time saves time and unnecessary troubles.
Punctuality is of great values to the students as it teaches them discipline also. Using this, students can be on right time everywhere such as in school, in lab, in class, in library, at home, in examination hall, in project, etc. They can perform better at both place home and school. It helps in removing laziness and negative attitudes of the students. A disciplined and punctual student always gets respect, recognition and social acceptance in the school and society. They appreciated a lot by the teachers and parents.
Punctuality is the key to success for all the punctual students. Students should follow all the great world leaders to achieve fame and success. It provides students various golden opportunities to do better in life in many areas. No one of us has born with the virtue of punctuality; everyone has to develop it on their own. It makes certain the path of success.
Punctuality is a necessary trait for all. It needs to be developed by all especially youths of the nation as they are future and have to lead their country. The rate of development in any country depends on how people of that country are punctual and disciplined to their job. So, punctuality is a key to success for everyone.
Punctuality Essay 6 (400 words)
Punctuality means always being on time. Being a punctual person benefits a lot all through the life in various effective ways. It is a must to have habit by everyone as it helps in all the public affairs of any civilized society. Without punctuality everything becomes disordered and life never goes smooth. For a punctual person, it becomes very hard to waste his/her valuable time. They always handle all the daily routine works and job appointments at right time.
Punctuality is the Key to Success
It is very true that punctuality is the key to success because the person who does not understand the meaning and value of time can never get success in his/her life. Being a successful person means arriving to the destination what a person want in the life. And it can happen only when he/she does all the works on time dedicatedly and regularly. Punctuality is the secret of all the successful people in this world. in life. It makes the path very clear to go ahead and get success and fame all over the world. Successful people know very well the value of time as well as how to utilize time in proper manner in their life.
It is well said that ‘Time and tide, waits for none’. It means that both, time and tide never wait anyone. No one can store the time to use in future however everyone can use it completely by going side to side with time. Everyone has to understand the value of time in order to live a meaningful life. No one take birth with this quality however some people develop it later in their life according to their need and requirement. It is the most important virtue which can be acquired step by step. It can be developed better from the childhood by the help of parents and teachers at home and school respectively. Any good habit becomes very good and never goes whenever it is acquired well by the person. It becomes the permanent part of people’s nature. The habit of punctuality looks in the personality of a person.
A punctual student can better perform his/her school tasks in due time than the one who is not punctual. A punctual person looks very healthy, fit, strong, trustworthy and beautiful.
Punctuality plays a great role in people’s life by giving them their way to destination. All the parents and teachers should understand their responsibilities and help their children and students in developing punctuality in their growing age. Punctual and successful people become the role models and worthy personalities of their society and country. People, who destroy their time can never do things what they want and become failure. So, everyone must be punctual in this competitive world to survive happily.