Brief Introduction & History
The Language Resource Centre (LRC) was set up following a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on 28th April 2005 in Mauritius between Mahatma Gandhi Institute and Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore, India.
Vision for Language Resource Centre
Language Resource Centre can become an inescapable stepping stone for Indian authorities and institutions having support thereof working for the advancement of Indian languages in the African continent through teaching and research. The MGI to become as a nodal centre of high academic caliber that would play a pivotal role as done by the SOAS in England or the INALCO in France in the field of Indian studies for the whole African region with value added elements in terms of regular appraisal of technological and pedagogical advancements.
The Online Introductory Course in Asian Languages such as Hindi, Bhojpuri, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Modern Chinese and Sanskrit which was launched in September 2016 by the Minister of Education Hon (Mrs) Leela Devi Dookhun-Luchmun.
Activities and Programmes organized by LRC
- Training programme in Applied Linguistics with special reference to Second Language teaching was held in January 2006.
- Training and Enrichment Programme on curriculum development and textbook writing in July 2007 at Mysore.
- Workshop on ‘Testing and Evaluation’ was conducted from 8th to 18th January 2008.
- Workshop on Translatology was held as from 22nd July to 31st July 2008.
- Seminar cum Workshop on “Teaching and Learning of Asian Languages in Secondary Schools – The Way Forward” was held on 04 & 05 August 2011.
- Training in IT and Asian Languages for Tertiary students and Asian Language word processing operators on 18 July to 05 September 2012.
- Interactive session between Prof Herman Van Olphen, Renowned Scholar from the Texas University, Austin, USA and MGI on 11 January 2013.
- Symposium on ‘Teaching of Linguistics at Tertiary Level’ by Prof VR Jagannathan, renowned Linguist from India on 12 February 2013.
- Launching of Curriculum Development Projects – Publication of Form IV Textbooks and E-books in May 2013.
- Training on E Learning, Online Education and Designing of Multimedia Materials was held from 15 July to 30 July 2013 at the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, India.
- Training on the use of Sankoré at Centre for Open and Distance Learning (CODL), Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE) in October 2013
- Collaborated with the World Hindi Secretariat in organizing and conducting the Seminar/ Workshop on Sankoré - Hindi Teaching and ICT for Primary Hindi Educators from 07 to 10 April 2014 at IGCIC and MGI.
- Presentation on Office 365 by Caroline Koa Wing, Citizenship and Partners in Learning Project Manager and Mrs Natasha from Microsoft Indian Ocean Islands and French Pacific on 25 June 2014.
- Launching of Curriculum Development Projects – Publication of Form V Textbooks and E-books in July 2014.
- Workshop on Emerging Trends in Education: Curriculum, Technology, and Research from 9 to 22 July 2014 at MGI.
- Collaborated with the World Hindi Secretariat for the International Regional Hindi Conference from 29th to 1st November 2014 at IGCIC and MGI.
- Collaborated with the Department of Bhojpuri, Folklore and Oral Tradition and Bhojpuri speaking Union in the organization of the International Bhojpuri Conference in November 2014.
- Collaborated with the World Hindi Secretariat for the Seminar/ Workshop on Hindi Teaching and ICT for Private Secondary Educators of Hindi in August 2015.
- The Online Introductory Course in Asian Languages were launched in September 2016.
- Visit of Delegates from Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) from 10 to 14 April 2017 for the Evaluation of activities carried out and projects completed & proposed projects 2017-2021 in the context of renewal of MOU between MGI & CIIL.
- Interactive Session on Online Distance Learning between Centre of Innovative Lifelong Learning, University of Mauritius and MGI Academics on Thursday 21 September 2017.
- Training for Primary School Educators at National level on the Early Digital Learning Programme (Tablet Project) for Grades 1 & 2 from the 5th to 12th of December 2017.
- Interactive session with the World Bank Consultant, Prof Anil Kanjee on the 13th of December 2017 for the inception of the evaluation exercise of the Early Digital Learning Programme (EDLP).
LRC has seven staff members, including Head (Senior Lecturer), one Lecturer, 1 Confidential Secretary, 1 Administrative Staff, 1 personnel for Technical Assistance, 1 Computer Laboratory Attendant and 1 Office Attendant.
Research & Publications
- Form IV Textbooks and e-books in Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Modern Chinese.
- Form V Textbooks and e-books in Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Modern Chinese.
- Standard I, II & III Text books and e-books for the Introduction of Bhojpuri in the primary schools.
- Multimedia Materials for Grade I & II
- ICT Handbooks and flipbooks in Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Sanskrit.
- Production of Techno-pedagogical materials: Learn Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Modern Chinese – the digital way.