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External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj  inaugurated ‘Panini Language Laboratory’ at Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) in Mauritius. The lab, gifted by the Indian government, will help Mahatma Gandhi Institute in teaching Indian languages in Mauritius.

MAHATMA GANDHI INSTITUTE IN MAURITIUS:

  • The Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) is an apex institute of oriental learning of the Government of Mauritius established with the support of the Government of India.
  • it was inaugurated on October 9, 1976 jointly by Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam and Smt. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Ministers of Mauritius and India.
  • Its Mission is to provide academic and cultural basis for the promotion, consolidation and dissemination of Indian Cultural traditions within the multicultural context of Mauritius.
  • The Institute has a mandate to promote Indian Studies, Performing Arts, Fine Arts, Mauritian Studies, Chinese Studies and African Studies.
  • The High Commissioner of India is the ex-officio Vice-chairperson of the Council of the Institute, which is headed by a Chairperson nominated by the Government of Mauritius.

WHO IS PANINI?

  1. Panini ( 6th–4th century BCE) was an ancient Sanskrit philologist, grammarian, and a revered scholar in Hinduism.
  2. He is considered the father of Indian linguistics.
  3. his text Ashtadhyayi, a sutra-style treatise on Sanskrit grammar
  4. India Government has honoured him with a postage stamp.

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