Plans Afoot to Construct International Hindi Center in New Jersey

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.

More than 250 academicians, business professionals, public officials and prominent members of the community unanimously adopted a resolution to establish an International Hindi Center as a vibrant hub of academic and cultural activities focused on promoting Hindi as a world language. The delegates at the Second International Hindi Conference held at Rutgers University campus here, April 3 to 5, approved the resolution as Dnyaneshwar Mulay, consul general of India in New York, who chaired the event, formally declared it adopted at the concluding session April 5.

Mulay assured the audience that the Government of India would support the establishment of the Hindi Center in the U.S. “Hindi Center will become a reality soon where all educational activities regarding Hindi learning including exchange programs and joint projects with India based institutions and universities will take place under one roof,” he said.

Organized by Hindi Sangam Foundation, a community organization dedicated to promotion of Hindi in USA, the conference was sponsored by Rutgers University, a number of U.S. and India- based universities, corporations and institutions. The three-day conference comprised discussions on educational topics, such as, ‘Hindi for professional purposes’, status of Hindi literature in the Indian Diaspora, status of Hindi on the web, and Hindi story writing, as well as a poets’ conclave (Kavi Sammelan) and a play.

Internationally renowned academicians and research scholars including Dr. Christi Merrill, University of Michigan, Dr. Mary Curran, Rutgers, Dr. Satya Santosh, Indian Institute of Delhi, Dr. Surendra Gambhir, UPenn, Dr. Gabriela Nik Ilieva, NYU, and Dr. Hemanti Bannerji, Wharton School of Business, presented their papers and took part in discussions.

Mulay also inaugurated the conference April 3 where senior Rutgers University officials elaborated upon growing relationship between Rutgers and various institutions in India. Dr. Joanna Regulska, executive vice president for International and Global Affairs at Rutgers , expressed her happiness over the strong support extended by Government of India to Rutgers.

“Rutgers University was very encouraged by the enthusiasm of the conference participants”, said Asher Ghertner, Director of South Asian Studies Program at Rutgers University. “We would like strengthen our relationship with the Indian-American community and Hindi Sangam”, he announced

According to a blueprint presented by Dr. Ved Chaudhary, a Hindi Sangam Foundation official, it would cost over $4 million to construct an independent facility in Central New Jersey, where Rutgers is located, a press release issued by the consulate said.

The proposal to establish Hindi Center was originally adopted by the First International Hindi Conference, held at the New York University campus on April 25-27, 2014. It was endorsed by International Hindi Conference, Mauritius through a similar resolution on Oct.30-Nov.3, 2014.