Etawah, Dec 9: Uttar Pradesh Higher Education Minister Rakesh Dhar Tripathi has demanded for setting up of a specialised Indian Languages University here for the development of Hindi and other vernacular languages.
Addressing a function at Islamia Inter College here last night, Mr Tripathi said the varsity should be dedicated to the development of Indian languages.
He opined that such a varsity would enable people to study other Indian languages with the help of Devnagari script, which is used to read and write Hindi.
''This way, people would be able to learn about all other Indian languages,'' he added.
Former State Legislative Assembly Speaker and Senior BJP leader Keshri Nath Tripathi noted that the ''commercialisation of literature'' had harmed the interests of Hindi.
''Printed Hindi literature has become costly in keeping pace with commercialisation and several connoisseurs were unable to buy books,'' he claimed.
Justice Tarun Chatterjee of Supreme Court also addressed the gathering and asked people to work for the emancipation of Hindi.
Several people were also feted for their contribution to literature.