How about more Hindi courses, say Indians in Australia

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Tue Sep 23 11:31:25 UTC 2008

Forwarded  From: edling at

The Times of India

How about more Hindi courses, say Indians in Australia

With 70,000 Hindi speakers in Australia, Indians in the country are
demanding that the language and its literature be given the
recognition it deserves in educational institutions.

The number of Hindi speakers has doubled since 1996. But while the
demand for it is growing at the Class 12 level, some universities are
cutting down courses, citing lack of interest and funding cuts.

An increasing number of Indian origin students in Australia are
choosing Hindi as a subject for the High School Certificate (HSC) or
Class 12 exam to improve their overall percentage and seize the
opportunities offered by India's economic growth.

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone: (215) 898-7475
Fax: (215) 573-2138

Email: haroldfs at


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