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Delhi after independence has emerged as a cosmopolitan city of diverse cultures and languages. It has always been the endeavour of the Delhi Administration to provide all possible facilities for the development and promotion of different languages and projection of the composite culture of Delhi. With a view to promoting and reviving this consciousness, the Delhi Administration has established the Punjabi Academy in September,1981. Therefore, Delhi has been aptly described as 'Mini Bharat".

After the partition of the country, the cultural scene of Delhi underwent a radical change. The hard-working Punjabis, displaced from Pakistan, have made a world of difference towards the development of Delhi. The city has become more energetic, more inventive and more spirited than even before. According to the census of 1991, after Hindi, the 2nd highest speaking population is Punjabi.

The overall development of any language and culture is directly related to its language, policy of the Government of that State/Union Territory. Therefore, the efforts made by the Govt towards the promotion of Punjabi Language can not be ignored.

The broad objectives for which the Punjabi Academy has been set up are to promote the Punjabi lingual culture are as under:-

1. Promotion of Punjabi Language Culture

2. Promotion/Propagation of Punjabi Literary Activities

3. Punjabi Language Development Programme

4. Publication of Books/Journals

5. Research work and other programmes for promotion and Development of Punjabi Language

6. Encouragement to Punjabi Writers/Artists/Journalists and other Lingual Cultural Promoters.>

In order to achieve the above objects and to encourage and publish original works of literary and academic merit and also books for children in Punjabi; to help deserving authors of Punjabi in publishing their works; to give monthly financial assistance to old and needy authors of Punjabi and their dependents who are in indigent circumstances; to provide facilities including financial assistance for advanced study to Punjabi scholars for specific period to invite eminent scholars and other persons of eminance to deliver lectures; to organise seminars, conferences, celebration of birth anniversaries of prominent poets/writers;get together of academicians for discussing problems connected with Punjabi language and literature.

The Punjabi Academy was established by the erstwhile Delhi Administration now Govt.of NCT of Delhi as an autonomous organisation in the year 1981-82 for propagation, promotion and development of Punjabi language, literature and culture as an integral part of composite culture of Union Territory of Delhi. Eversince its inception the Academy has been playing a catalytic role in the proliferation of the Punjabi literary and cultural activities in the sphere of music, folk dances, seminars, symposia, short story, poetry, novel, literary criticism, drama etc. Our goal is to achieve all-round development of Punjabi language, literature and culture in the Union Territory of Delhi. During the last two decades, the Academy has assumed a significant role and status of premier organisation in the field of Punjabi language, literature and culture.

To plan the schemes and activities of the Punjabi Academy. The Chairperson of the Academy(the Chief Minister) nominates 25 members to its Governing Council for two years. The members of the Governing Council include renowned litterateurs, authors, poets, journalists and cultural activists. All the schemes and budget of the Academy is approved by Governing Council. Besides Sub-Committees are constituted which ensure that selection of the beneficiaries is transparent.

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